Coffee is not just a way to get some caffeine – it contains hundreds of compounds, including antioxidants. Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can help protect your cells and repair the damage caused by free radicals (molecules responsible for ageing and tissue damage).
In fact, coffee is one of the richest sources of healthful antioxidants in the average person’s diet. While some studies suggest that caffeine – also available via tea, cocoa and other foods – can protect against Alzheimer’s disease and stroke, other studies cast doubt on this connection.
But what is now certain is that coffee drinking is not an unhealthy habit for most people. Rather, coffee drinkers may have a lower risk of certain diseases, as well as reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, compared with non-coffee drinkers or those who rarely drink it.