Does coffee have any health benefits?

An often-misunderstood fact is that regular and decaffeinated coffee contains similar levels of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants.

In fact, it is a very easy way to contribute to your daily nutrition as people often have 2 or 3 cups of decaf coffee in a day.

How many nutrients and minerals are contained in decaf or regular coffee?

Well, just one cup of decaffeinated filter coffee contains as much as:

2.4% of the recommended daily intake of Magnesium

4.8% of the recommended daily intake of Potassium,

2.5% of the recommended daily intake of Niacin Vitamin B3

How many antioxidants are contained in regular or decaf coffee? What are the antioxidants present in coffee?

Decaf coffee contains high levels of the following antioxidants:

  • Hydrocinnamic Acid
  • Polyphenols
  • Chlorogenic Acid

Decaf coffee actually contains almost as much antioxidants as regular coffee. Regular coffee has just 15% more of the good stuff than decaffeinated coffee.

Is coffee good for heart health?

Regular coffee consumption may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. The protective effect is thought to be due to components in coffee other than caffeine. Even decaffeinated coffee has shown associations with reduced stroke risk.

Does coffee have a role in preventing neurodegenerative diseases?

Higher consumption of caffeine is associated with a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Caffeine in coffee has been found to protect cells in the brain that produce dopamine. Drinking coffee at midlife is also associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life​.

December 02, 2020 — Guy Wilmot

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