It’s good, it’s bad, it’s good, it’s bad—like chocolate and red wine, coffee seems to get wildly inconsistent press, with every month’s crop of health and style magazines telling us something different about how it effects our well-being. But if you’re a true joe junkie, you’ll hold out hope that The Atlantic finally got it right with its report saying that, actually, you should throw aside what you’ve heard about optimal daily servings drink as much coffee as you want.

As the piece details, next month’s issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition will feature a study that highlights coffee as a multi-functional cure for a multitude of ailments, from lowering your cholestrol to reducing your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.

The key component(s) is not caffeine, as it turns out. The researchers found that caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee have nearly the same impact in risk reduction and some key health benefits. However, coffee contains “thousands of mostly understudied chemicals that contribute to flavor and aroma, including plant phenols, chlorogenic acids, and quinides, all of which function as antioxidants.”

Needless to say, there’s also another new study indicating a link between excessive consumption and glaucoma. And the lead author of the soon-to-be published coffee-as-cure-all study, Shilpa Bhupathiraju, wouldn’t recommend non-drinkers to start drinking coffee all of a sudden.

Still, she relents that “drinking coffee, and more of it, does appear to be beneficial”—something for us to latch onto as we go for our fourth cup of the day.

[via The Atlantic]