For so many, starting a day without a cup of coffee is almost unimaginable, but is it good for you? Is it a habit you need to kick or one that keeps you kicking? Diana Vizthum, a research nutritionist for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine says, “Caffeine is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coffee. But coffee also contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease.” In fact, several studies are suggesting that coffee is chocked full of substances that may help protect you against conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease. Here are some quick facts that recent studies have provided:

  1. Women who drink coffee are less likely to pass away from some of the top causes of death such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and stroke.
  2. Coffee drinkers may be able to process glucose better and are therefore less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
  3. Dark roast coffee can decrease breakage in DNA strands.
  4. Coffee drinkers are 26% less likely to develop colon cancer.
  5. Coffee drinkers are more likely to have their liver enzyme level in a healthy range as opposed to those who do not drink coffee.
  6. Caffeine can lower your chances of developing Parkinson’s disease and for those who do develop the condition, caffeine may help control their movements.

Keep in mind, drinking a cup of coffee in moderation can be a good thing, even a great thing, but all the extra ingredients you put in it could negate the positive health effects. Steer clear of sugary creamers and syrups and opt for almond milk if possible. Also, adding cinnamon, cardamom, unsweetened cocoa powder, or vanilla extract are ways to give your coffee a boost of flavor without adding unnecessary calories to your drink.