Are There any Health Benefits to Drinking Decaf Coffee?
Other than not giving you the jitters or that buzz that your regular coffee can give coffee drinkers, are there any health benefits to drinking decaffeinated coffee? Most coffee drinkers told by their doctors or who are encouraged by a family member to go decaf often worry about a difference in taste and flavor. As a matter of fact, other than the caffeine levels, which may keep some people awake or give some the jitters in the morning, decaf coffee offers pretty much the same health benefits as a regular cup of coffee.
For example, both decaf and regular coffee contain a variety of minerals and antioxidants that help fight against damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are molecules in the body with one objective – to damage and destroy healthy cells. Decaffeinated coffee, therefore, has been linked to possible benefits for certain enhanced protection against diseases such as cancer, liver damage, Type 2 diabetes, and some forms of dementia.
Interestingly, the biggest benefit of drinking coffee may be associated with heart health. Some studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers (decaf or regular) may enjoy a 25% reduced chance of being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. The same goes for Parkinson’s disease and forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s. A number of studies have also determined that 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day can help reduce the risk of developing such diseases later on in life.
The bottom line is that yes, there are health benefits associated with drinking decaf coffee, but again, the only difference between decaffeinated and regular coffee is that the caffeine has been removed. All other components of the coffee bean remain intact including those oh so beneficial antioxidants and minerals. Check out the studies for yourself. You can find them online using a ‘health benefits of coffee’ as your general search term. Other than the side effects produced by caffeine, which affects some people more than others, there are no real differences between drinking decaf or regular coffee.