Coffee is a morning go-to (if not an explicit necessity) for some people. It’s delicious, it ritualizes the start of the day, and it can offer up a bonding experience between people. And, according to Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, coffee may come with its own benefits, such as the promotion of cognitive functioning and the potential protection against some diseases.
You can kick up the health-promoting potential of your daily dose of java by trying one of these 10 coffees with unexpected health perks.
1. Life Extension Rich Rewards
According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the morning brew we love so much is naturally filled with antioxidants. Antioxidants are critical—no matter your age or health—because they work hard in the body to protect it from free radicals.
Life Extension Rich Rewards Antioxidant Breakfast Blend aims to preserve all that antioxidant goodness using a unique roasting process, called HealthyRoast®, which keeps as many antioxidants as possible. (Antioxidants are often lost in other roasting methods).
2. Jus by Julie Probiotic Cold Brew
If you’re looking for a coffee that will aid in digestion and boost your immune system, the Probiotic Cold Brew by Jus by Julie might be the drink for you. A 16-ounce bottle of their cold brew is packed with 1 billion CFU’s of vegan GanedenBC30® probiotics.
3. Puroast Coffee
According to the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, some people experience heartburn and other tummy issues after drinking their morning cup. If that’s you, Puroast Coffee might offer up a solution. The acid level in this coffee is between 50 and 80 percent lower than other coffees (fun fact: many dark roast coffees contain twice the amount of acid as mild brews), according to research by the University of California. On top of being a low-acid coffee, it also packs an antioxidant punch.
4. Vera Roasting CoffVee
You probably don’t want to start your day with a glass of red wine, but you might want to wake up to the benefits of resveratrol, which is found in your favorite glass of red. Vera Roasting Company’s Heart Healthy CoffVee is infused with resveratrol, according to Oregon State University. Resveratrol comes from a group of compounds called polyphenols, which are thought to act like antioxidants.
5. Bulletproof Coffee
Bulletproof Coffee is grown and harvested with care to avoid the presence of mold toxins, which, according to a study done by Food Additives and Contaminants, has been found in some coffee beans. Once harvested, this coffee is also tested in a lab to guarantee the quality and purity of the bean.
How to enjoy your mold-free coffee? Bulletproof coffee is meant to be blended with one tablespoon of grass-fed butter to keep you fuller longer.
6. Javita Burn + Control
7. Bio Coffee
This coffee boasts of being the healthiest coffee in the world. According to the manufacturers, Bio Coffee boasts vitamins, nutrients, added fiber, and probiotics, but its star ingredient is wheatgrass. According to Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry, wheatgrass may promote health.
8. Counting Sheep Coffee
In addition to being a decaf coffee, Counting Sheep Coffee is also combined with valerian root, which may help promote relaxation and sleep. Just don’t mix this one up in your morning coffee prep!
9. Raw Fit By Garden of Life
It’s not quite coffee, but Raw Fit is a coffee-flavored organic snack and meal replacement. This java mix is vegan, and it’s gluten, soy, dairy, and lactose-free, containing no synthetic nutrients and no sweeteners. With 34 grams of organic plant protein, this drinkable snack may help promote the development and repairing of muscle mass while offering up a great meal replacement option.
10. Ghana French Roast by Crio Bru
Bonus round: This “coffee” is actually a coffee alternative made from ground cocoa beans. Using fair trade cocoa beans, Crio Bru has created a 99 percent caffeine-free coffee replacement. With this drink, you can benefit from the high antioxidants found in cocoa beans and experience a jolt of caffeine-like energy provided by theobromine (an alkaloid, or organic compound, from the cacao plant).