Coffee has long been touted to have health benefits—claims range from somewhat credible to dubious. But as it turns out, our daily java jolt may have more of an effect on us that we previously thought.
According to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine that sought to “identify individual metabolite changes in response to coffee,” our morning fix has a far greater effect on our metabolism than previously believed.
The study asked 47 regular coffee drinkers to refrain from consuming the drink for a month, followed by the consumption of four cups a day the next month. For the 30 days after that, participants knocked back eight cups of daily brew. Blood samples were taken and results monitored for the duration of the study so researchers could analyze biochemical changes that occurred as a result of consuming the beverage.