Many people enjoy coffee, and studies are starting to show that the right amount of coffee can even offer health benefits! According to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, some studies have found coffee may help guard against certain conditions like Alzheimer’s and heart disease. 

Two out of three women living with Alzheimer’s are women. Research has found that women aged 65 and over who drink two to three cups of coffee daily are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and dementia in general. Nutrition experts at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say coffee has antioxidants and other active ingredients that may help with inflammation and protect against certain diseases.

Many studies theorize that coffee can help your body process sugar better. Some have found that those who drink more coffee may be less likely to have Type 2 diabetes. Those who drink coffee seem to have more healthy liver enzyme levels. Both regular and decaffeinated coffee may provide a protective effect on the liver. 

Other benefits of coffee include a stronger DNA; dark roast coffee can help decrease breakage in DNA strands. Breakage of DNA strands occurs naturally but can lead to cancer or tumors if not repaired by cells. Coffee may also decrease the risk of colon cancer. Some studies found that people who drink decaf or regular coffee are about 20% less likely to develop colon cancer. Other studies found that women who drank at least one cup of coffee daily decreased the risk of a stroke. Coffee drinkers are also less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease and can even help control movement for those who have it. 

Researchers believe that coffee can offer several benefits, but there is too much of a good thing. Drinking too much coffee can lead to increased blood pressure, heart rate, sleeping troubles, and anxiety. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the maximum daily caffeine intake is about 400 milligrams, which is about three cups of coffee. 

It’s also important to be mindful of what you put in your morning cup of coffee. Try putting two tablespoons of milk or milk alternative into your coffee, rather than cream and sugar. Try a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, vanilla extract, cardamom, or pumpkin pie spice flavoring. Along with eating right, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight, coffee may be able to offer many benefits to your body.