More happy news is brewing for coffee lovers — yet another study has found the beloved beverage might actually be good for you.
In a January 2017 study published in Nature Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers analyzed blood samples from 100 people, and found a link between caffeine and reduced age-related inflammation (aka the source of those pesky signs of aging). In fact, the more caffeine the participants drank, the better protected they seemed to be against chronic inflammation, study author David Furman, PhD, told TIME. "There was no boundary, apparently," he said.
This study only found a link between caffeine and lower levels of inflammation, not that drinking caffeine causes a reduction in inflammation. But even so, the findings are exciting: Many chronic conditions that are associated with aging — including Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disease, and joint disorders — are also associated with chronic inflammation. So anything that's associated with less inflammation is something we can get behind... especially if it's a delicious cup of Joe!
This study is just one of many to link coffee drinking with good health. And because few things are as gratifying as finding out you've been doing something healthy without even trying, here are some of our favorite java guzzlers to share five more ways coffee has been linked to better health: