Coffee is undeniably a fan-favorite energy booster across the globe, but that’s not the only benefit this bitter drink has for your health. “Coffee is rich in polyphenols, antioxidants, and energy-boosting caffeine,” says Davar. Why is this a good thing? A major study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition observed 676 healthy older men in Europe over the course of 10 years. The results revealed that participants who drank coffee struggled less with cognitive decline than those who did not. Although there was no controlled consumption of coffee, researchers found the least cognitive decline in men who drank three cups a day.
Your cup of coffee could also promote longevity, new research reveals, with a large study explaining that “higher coffee consumption was associated with lower risks of death, and in particular, mortality from digestive diseases and circulatory,” as reported by the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Coffee is also known to get digestion moving: Functional medicine doctor Wendie Trubow, MD, MBA, previously told mbg that “it’s clear that coffee increases activity in your gut, called peristalsis.”
That said, experts still don’t know why it happens. “The hot liquid temperature can boost motility,” adds integrative gastroenterologist Marvin Singh, MD, meaning this benefit may not be exclusive to coffee.
In terms of caffeine, a cup of black coffee provides 96 milligrams per 8 fluid ounces, which is quite potent compared to its matcha counterpart.