Americans love coffee. In fact, according to the National Coffee Association’s 2013 online survey, about 83 percent of adults start their day with the caffeinated jolt only a strong cup of coffee can provide. Despite its popularity, however, coffee sometimes gets a bad rap, which, as Dr. Dirk and Northstar explain, is unwarranted.
“The benefits of drinking coffee extend far beyond its ability to perk up your morning routine,” says Dallas Bariatric and General Surgeon, Dr. Dirk. “In addition to providing protective antioxidants, coffee can also improve mood and reduce diabetes risk, among other things.”
Dr. Dirk says there is no reason to demonize any food (okay, maybe junk food), and contrary to years of trash talking, drinking coffee in moderation—no more than two 6-ounce cups a day—has health health advantages.
Here’s a breakdown of coffee’s noted benefits:
Boost antioxidant intake. Fruits and vegetables are often touted as the best sources of disease-fighting antioxidants. But according medical research, the human body absorbs more antioxidants from coffee than anything else, giving you reason not to feel bad about that third cup. Not to mention that it’s easier to get people to drink their daily cup of coffee than to eat their vegetables.
Stave off depression. By increasing blood flow to the brain, coffee decreases mental fatigue and, in turn, productivity, which always feels good. But its mood-enhancing benefits aren’t solely the result of a caffeine high (caffeine-containing Coke is actually linked to depression). Coffee contains a high concentration of antioxidant compounds called flavonoids, which have been known to boost spirits.
Prevent diabetes. Studies have shown that coffee inhibits human islet amyloid polypeptide (hiAPP), a substance believed to be a cause of Type 2 diabetes. And the risk lowers with each additional cup.
Bottom line? Drink up! (Coffee, that is.)