Love that cup of joe? It’s OK to indulge — new science shows that black coffee has excellent benefits, including:
1. Lowering your disease risk. A Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study published in the American Heart Assn. journal Circulation found that drinking as many as four cups of coffee a day cut subjects’ odds of dying from heart attacks, strokes, Type 2 diabetes and neurological diseases. Scientists think this is because naturally occurring compounds in coffee beans have a positive effect on disease prevention. “Caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee contains similar amounts of polyphenols, antioxidants and minerals that may have beneficial effects,” says the study’s author, Dr. Frank Hu.
2. Improving liver function. Numerous studies recently analyzed by researchers in the United Kingdom found that coffee reduced the risk of liver cirrhosis by 44%; more research is needed to confirm the precise compound that does the trick.
4. Maintaining your weight. A University of Copenhagen study found that coffee consumption was linked to a “low risk” of obesity, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.
So drink up — just go easy on the sugar and cream.