The science-backed reason men should start drinking more coffee

Drinking coffee daily can provide many benefits beyond the caffeinated rush that the daily coffee drinker isn’t aware of. Studies have linked regular coffee consumption to promoting healthier (and youthful) skin, while boosting longevity. It can aid fat burning by boosting your metabolic rate as much as 11% and can even protect you from a flurry of diseases, like lowering your risk of both type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Whether it comes in a latte or bold and black, there’s new research suggestion that regular intakes of coffee can lower your risk of hearing loss — but it depends on who you are.

A study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition found that men who drink at least one cup of coffee per day were 15% less likely to experience hearing loss compared to men who didn’t drink that much coffee daily.

The study, conducted by researchers from the Autonomous University of Madrid, wanted to see whether coffee consumption could benefit hearing function due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Being that hearing loss is the fifth leading cause of disability worldwide, this one is pretty interesting.

Nearly 37,000 participants — both older men and women — were asked about their coffee consumption and put through a hearing test measured by the digit triplet test, first checked at the start of the study, and twice over an 11-year period. Following the results, 343 men and 345 women developed disabling hearing impairment, finding that any type of coffee can benefit hearing capabilities. That means both caffeinated or decaf types and the type of preparation that went into a cup didn’t factor.

Researchers found that men who drink between one and four and a half cups of Joe were less likely to experience disabling hearing loss, which equated to about a 15% lower risk of developing it.

“Coffee consumption might have a beneficial effect on hearing function because of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of some of its compoundCoffee consumption might have a beneficial effect on hearing function because of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of some of its compounds,” researchers said in the study.

While it seems uncommon for someone to drink coffee solely based on anything but the caffeine boost, it’s important to know that the type of caffeine that is in your drink can pack a bigger jolt than others. A study published in the journal Nutrients last year found that natural caffeine has a more consistent and longer lasting effect compared to synthetic caffeine when boosting cognition and moods.

Synthetic caffeine is often found in popular energy drinks, but natural caffeine can be experienced in just normal coffee.