Although coffee is often just considered to be a tasty energy booster by the majority of the population, it actually possesses some unique health and performance benefits.

Over 80% of US adults now drink at least 1 cup of coffee on a regular daily basis which equates to nearly 600 million cups of coffee per day!

Luckily, coffee is one of the few drinks that can actually provide some unique health benefits without extra calories, sugar or fat.

From providing more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables to boost sporting performance, this article will dive into all the unique benefits that a regular coffee intake can provide!

 

Coffee Background and Structure

Coffee comes from roasted coffee beans which are actually the seeds of the berry (often called “cherry”) from a coffee plant. It has been around since the 15thcentury and is now one of the most popular drinks in the world[1].

Originally found in Africa, over 70 countries around the world now cultivate coffee plants into the popular drinks we consume at our local coffee shop or Starbucks[1].

There are numerous compounds, in fact hundreds of compounds, found within coffee. Of course, caffeine is the most well known, providing an energy boost and multiple other benefits.

One of the reasons coffee has unique health benefits is its extremely high antioxidant content, which rivals the levels of other popular antioxidants such as berries or wine. In fact, several studies have noted that coffee has one of the highest, if not the highest, antioxidant content of all foods.

Antioxidants are molecules that reduce oxidation which can lead to the production of free radicals and cell damage. Increased dietary antioxidant content has been linked to multiple benefits, from reducing disease risk to increased recovery[2][3][4].

Coffee is also extremely high in polyphenols and may have a protective role in degenerative diseases such as brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and even certain cancers[5].

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