Many of us once considered drinking coffee nothing but a bad habit, but now it looks as if drinking coffee is actually a good thing for us. Researchers are finding more and more benefits from drinking coffee, from preventing cancer to fighting fatigue.

It turns out that drinking your coffee could lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes, a plague for the general population and an epidemic for men with advanced prostate cancer who are on hormone therapy.

Coffee is loaded with antioxidants that are known as polythenals and they help to prevent Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson ’s Disease, Memory Decline and Advanced Prostate Cancer.

Americans, on average, drink around 3 cups a day, mostly in the morning. Scientists suggest to obtain all the good effects from coffee we should instead sip it, taking 6 to 8 little sips every hour until the early afternoon. Not only will this drinking pattern contribute to your health, but it will keep you alert throughout the day.

Coffee also seems to boost memory as well as other cognitive functions. Your endurance in long-duration activities, like running or swimming will also increase. Concerned about caffeine, then drink water decaffeinated coffee, you’ll still get some of the same benefits, avoid the caffeine and not expose yourself to unnecessary chemicals often used in the decaffeinating process.

Joel T Nowak, MA, MSW