Caffeine consumption can be pretty darn confusing. While many studies tout the benefits of drinking a cup of morning brew—for things like improved energy, alertness, and memory—as many reports suggest Americans drink far too much caffeine and need to cut down, or cut it out altogether.
Before you quit caffeine for good, here are seven things you should be aware of…
1. Antioxidant Shortfalls
According to several sources, coffee is surprisingly high in antioxidants. While green tea typically gets all the credit, your daily brew delivers its fair share of free radical-blasting super powers as well. In fact, studies from the American Journal of Epidemiology and the Breast Cancer Research journal show that coffee drinking can help prevent heart disease and breast cancer.
The breast cancer study showed that women who sipped 5 or more cups of java daily, cut their breast cancer risk by 57 percent compared to those who only drank 1 cup daily. So if you’re quitting coffee, be sure to reach for another (make sure it’s) healthy caffeinated beverage, like green tea to make up those potentially lost antioxidants.