Caffeine addicts rejoice — drinking coffee is good for you again. While there has been intense, and some would say inconsistent, debate on the good that coffee can bring to your life, the black to frothy light brown drink is back in health professionals good graces. With this in mind, let’s go over the health benefits your average cup o’ joe will provide, and the amounts you’ll need to imbibe to reap them.

Ingredients

First, let’s talk ingredients. While there are plenty of scary-sounding chemicals present in coffee, the main components are actually caffeine, water, and 3,5 Dicaffeoylquinic acid. The caffeine is what wakes you up, providing plenty of incentive to keep drinking whatever form of coffee you choose. It can be used as a painkiller, such as after surgery or for those suffering from gallbladder disease. In some instances it’s even prescribed as a topical treatment for itching and redness of the skin by dermatologists. Caffeine is the most commonly used drug in the world, but just because it is so universal doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t monitor your intake. People on certain medications or with sensitivity to caffeine’s effects should be more vigilant about their consumption than those without.

Water isn’t just what we’re made of, it’s the main ingredient in coffee as well, making up nearly 99 percent of each cup. Water can control your body temperature, keep you hydrated, and help with diarrhea. It also helps with regular bowel movements, and as coffee is a natural diuretic, the water aids in urination. Eight glasses of a water each day is the general rule, but as everybody is working with different variables, just be sure to drink as much as possible. The water in coffee contributes to this count every day.

3,5 Dicaffeoylquinic acid is just one of the antioxidants found in one of the world’s favorite drinks. Antioxidants fight against several different major diseases, including cancers, liver disease, and it may also help to prevent dementia. They attach themselves to free radicals in our bodies, then release electrons that neutralize their harming effects. Without them free radicals are able to damage cell structures, making you susceptible to illness and pain.

How much to drink?

To reap the benefits of coffee, drink up to four cups or less of coffee a day. As you drink, pay careful attention to your body and what it’s telling you. But as you’re doing that, you can still have fun. Try samples of different brews while at a coffee shop on a lazy morning (if it’s busy, don’t bother the baristas) and find what one you like best. Maybe you’re into cold press or americano, or even a simple black coffee that never goes out of style. Talk to your office manager and discuss getting an office coffee service. You can get specialized fresh coffee beans, and it’s sure to be a hit at break time. Just grab a pastry of some kind, choose your coffee, and then take a moment to breathe during the hustle and bustle of your day.

Coffee has proven time and time again that it is a superior drink, and with all of its health benefits and varieties, there’s no reason to remove it from your diet. Regardless of where you are in the world, there’s nothing quite like waking up in the morning and enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee to get your day going.