It may seem like coffee is good one day and bad the next, but the latest research is what really matters. For example, back in the day, a lot of scientific studies that slammed coffee didn’t take into account the fact that many of their subjects were also smokers. A lot has changed since then, and it’s good news if you’re a fan of coffee, or if popping caffeine pills just isn’t for you. In reality, coffee is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the average American’s diet, and modern studies have slowly but surely been setting the record straight in favor of our friend Joe. According to recent research, analyzed by the Mid America heart Institute at Saint Luke’s hospital in Kansas City, Mo, people who drink coffee, compared to those who don’t, have a lower risk of type-2 diabetes, stroke, depression, and even diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Supplemental studies have also proved caffeine to be effective at enhancing fat burning, increasing strength and endurance, and improving focus and concentration.
Reference: H. Patil et al., Mo Med., 108(6):431-38, 2011.