Perhaps the number one benefit of drinking coffee to your health is the high number of antioxidants the beans contain. Some researchers believe that coffee actually provides a better source of antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are good for just about every process the body performs. They stabilize free radicals in the body to help stop the damage they can cause to tissues and cells. In addition, antioxidants can aid in fighting obesity and brain degradation diseases, fight liver cancers and mitigate type 2 diabetes. (Source: Troup G, Navarini L, Liverani F, Drew S. Stable Radical Content and Anti-Radical Activity of Roasted Arabica Coffee: From In-Tact Bean To Coffee Brew. PLOS ONE. 2015.)
Who wants to drink plain water all day to stay hydrated? Not us! And new studies show that coffee is not actually a diuretic (de-hydrator) as it has long been thought. Researchers concluded that a drinking 3-6 cups of coffee per day had no impact on the hydration status of participants compared to when they drank just water. Drink up and stay hydrated!
Caffeine is also linked to improving memory and cognitive function. Johns Hopkins researchers found that consuming caffeine helped to improve image-related memory and pattern separation over a 24-hour period. Further studies will aim to figure out if this cognitive-caffeine link can help scientists better understand diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
In addition to providing drinkers with an energy boost, coffee has numerous other health benefits that should be touted. Drinking a cup or two a day may actually keep the doctors visits at bay. Since most people drink coffee to help them work, this is a great opportunity to promote its benefits and the actual business of getting the caffeine-rich elixir into offices around the world.