It supports heart health
It’s a bummer how many tasty things are terrible for the heart, but at least coffee’s not one of them. In addition to the overall mortality benefits it offers, coffee reduces deaths due to cardiovascular disease by more than 20%.
It may curb cancer
The next time you’re struggling to find a synonym for your morning cup of Joe, try out “natural multitarget pharmacopeia against the hallmarks of cancer.” Because that’s what coffee is, and it just rolls off the tongue.
How does it do all of this?
Well, no one knows for sure. It may be because of its antioxidant activity, says New York City-based nutrition expert Laura Cipullo, author of The Women’s Health Body Clock Diet. The antioxidants in coffee find disease-causing free radicals and prevent them from causing cellular damage in the body, she explains.
Whatever the reason, coffee rocks.
Get the most out of your cup(s)
Some of the studies above suggest that more is more (remember that 12.5 cups thing?). But there’s a limit to how much coffee you can handle, no matter how low your tank is running. The Mayo Clinic recommends sticking to about four cups of coffee a day, especially if you want to avoid less-than-awesome side effects, like insomnia, jitteriness, and an upset stomach.
Also, don’t be fooled into thinking that the fancy and frilly drinks are as good for you as plain coffee. “If you want the true benefits of coffee, just have it black or with a little milk,” says Cipullo. All the sugar and the almond-mocha-pumpkin-spiced whatever may negate or neutralize the good stuff.
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Alexandra Duron is a freelance writer for Thrillist. People think she’s crazy for not drinking coffee. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @alexduron.