Let’s begin to answer this question by getting into the properties of coffee. Coffee contains antioxidants. Most of the things that you hear about antioxidants are true. They help the body get rid of bad particles that damage the body’s cells. They seem to be connected in making and keeping your heart healthy and reducing the risk of heart diseases and cancer. Some antioxidants can help prevent diabetes as well.
Now let’s go back to coffee. According to scientists, coffee contains more healthy antioxidants than fruits, nuts, oils and vegetables. That’s why coffee manufacturers are promoting the antioxidant properties of coffee. Also, they found out that whether the coffee is caffeinated or decaf does not matter. The coffee seems to contain similar levels of antioxidants. So including coffee in one’s diet can actually help protect from heart disease, cancers such as liver and colon cancer, diabetes and even Parkinson’s disease.
Moreover, it seems that caffeine, that stimulant that gives the coffee that what I would like to call the wakeup factor stimulates the brain and nervous system. When applied to children, the caffeine in the coffee adds to their attentiveness in school which should equate to more learning. For athletes, the added stimulation by the caffeine adds to endurance and performance.
However, although more and more studies are pointing to the fact that drinking coffee offers more health benefits than harmful, the key element in this premise is the concept of moderation. Whatever we do, if we do it much more often than necessary, the results may be harmful.
Take for instance the caffeine in coffee. Although the inherent properties would stimulate the nervous system and help us to be more alert and focused, drinking too much coffee can do the total opposite to your nervous system. People have experienced being too wired after drinking too much coffee. They have uncontrolled hand shaking, they become too nervous and they feel their heart beat unusually faster than normal.
Also, even if coffee does offer antioxidants that help us reduce risks of contracting various diseases, the other ingredients in the coffee we drink can balance out the healthy benefits and even increase the risks of having diabetes, for example. This is because of the hidden calories, sugar and fat from the coffee we drink which actually comes from the milk, creamer and sugar or sweeteners we use.
So despite studies nowadays becoming more conclusive on the health benefits of drinking coffee, it still points to the proper amount for it to be beneficial for our health.