Coffee as a health drink

A study has found that habitual coffee consumption was associated with lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, while another study attributes coffee to reduced risk of death by inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases.

Speaking about another report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the New York Times said,

...researchers found that a typical serving of coffee contains more antioxidants than typical servings of grape juice, blueberries, raspberries and oranges.

These benefits are not attributed to caffiene as they've been found to occur with de-caf coffee as well. Of course, none of this wipes out the fact that previous studies have revealed the downside of caffeine in increasing blood pressure, or significantly decreasing blood flow to the heart, particularly during exercise at high altitudes.