Happy news for daily java drinkers—science says that what you’re sipping on is more than just a satisfying beverage. Packed with naturally occurring nutrients and antioxidants, coffee is surprisingly good for you.
Drinking the right amount is believed to guard against several serious conditions. Studies published by peer-reviewed scientific journals in recent years have found that regular coffee drinkers have a lower risk of heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.
A single cup of coffee contains a broad range of healthful B vitamins and potassium, as well as almost two grams of fiber. Both regular and decaf coffee appear to have protective effects on your liver, keeping enzyme levels healthy and warding off disease.
As if you needed more reasons to love the dark elixir, right? It keeps getting better. Some research shows that caffeine may guard against Alzheimer’s disease by preventing brain plaque build-up—and drinking up to three cups a day was found to lower women’s chances of developing dementia.
It also turns out that everyone’s favorite caffeinated beverage is good for your outsides as well as your insides. Coffee makes a great exfoliating scrub that clears away dead skin and may boost collagen. Try it yourself with a quick in-home facial. Stir together equal parts coffee grounds and brown sugar, dash in enough lemon juice to make a paste, and massage the mixture into damp skin for a few minutes before rinsing.
Keep in mind that moderation is key. Mindful consumption (around 3 servings per day) can help you sidestep any possible side effects related to excess caffeine, like jitteriness or increased blood pressure. But there’s no question about it: When coffee is part of your daily routine, your brain and body will thank you.