A team of researchers has found evidence that coffee is one of the richest sources of healthful antioxidants in the average person's diet - protecting against conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and heart disease on the most fundamental levels.
The new research by Annia Galano and Jorge Rafael Leon-Carmona points to caffeine (also present in tea, cocoa, and other foods) as the source of powerful antioxidant effects.
In an effort to bolster scientific knowledge about caffeine, they present detailed theoretical calculations on caffeine's interactions with free radicals.
Their theoretical conclusions show "excellent" consistency with the results that other scientists have report from animal and other experiments, bolstering the likelihood that caffeine is, indeed, a source of healthful antioxidant activity in coffee.
The study has been published in ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.