Coffee is good for your cells too!
Not only is coffee excellent for giving you energy (we love you caffeine!) but coffee has other health benefits too!
As we discussed a few weeks ago, coffee has been shown to improve brain function, slow down aging, and prevent weight gain. On top of those excellent health benefits, coffee is also full of antioxidants! Antioxidants help your body fight off free radicals, which can cause damage to your cells. Free radicals occur in our bodies from natural metabolic processes – basically, they’re a by-product of our bodies making energy (aka: ATP). Too many free radicals in your body can result in some pretty serious consequences – think heart disease or cancer. However, our bodies are pretty good at fighting free radicals with antioxidants – and we can even get antioxidants from what we put in our bodies.
Luckily for us, coffee is actually a pretty good source of antioxidants! A 2014 review by Komes and Bušić details some of the major antioxidants found in coffee – and the types of factors that can determine just how much of those antioxidants you’re getting in your coffee. Ultimately, the amounts of antioxidants your coffee has is determined by the raw, green coffee bean that was picked. Higher quality beans typically mean higher levels of antioxidants! Antioxidants are also affected by the roasting and drying conditions the beans go through, although in some cases antioxidants can be enhanced during the browning process.
Overall, not only is coffee an excellent way to help you get through your day – it might also just be protecting your cells from damage too!