If you drink coffee, you already know that coffee is considered a superfood. Coffee is loaded with essential nutrients and antioxidants, and studies show that coffee raises your metabolism and makes you smarter. According to a meta-analysis of 30 studies and nearly 1.2 million participants, drinking three to four cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Both decaf and full-strength coffee are said to be beneficial, according to a meta-analysis published in Nutrition Reviews. They found in the study that there was a reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes from daily coffee consumption and that drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee per day is associated with 25% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The conclusion was that coffee’s benefits primarily come from its natural compounds, not the caffeine content. However, the risk reduction was slightly higher in caffeinated coffee. Of course, correlation doesn’t equal causation. It’s possible that people who were less likely to get diabetes simply happened to drink more coffee. Also, coffee contains cafestol and kahweol — potent anti-inflammatories. Studies show that chronic inflammation is linked to metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disorders. That means drinking coffee helps curb inflammation, which reduces the risk of chronic disease. A couple of other reasons for the benefits of coffee is that it: increases metabolism, reduces oxidative stress, fights inflammation, feeds good gut bacteria, and may even help to regulate blood sugar.