Coffee is the most popular drink in the world.
2 billion cups are drunk worldwide every day; with the UK contributing to that by consuming 95 million cups daily.
So why is coffee so popular? Are there really health benefits to drinking coffee? Keep on reading, and all shall be revealed.
A BBC Good Food report found there to be two main health benefits to coffee.
High levels of antioxidants found in coffee: that’s the first thing they found. Antioxidants help to protect our cells from being oxidised by toxins, chemicals and inflammation. Other factors need to be considered, such as a person’s age and whether they smoke, but in general coffee offers awesome levels of antioxidants!
The second health benefit they found is the caffeine in coffee. While high amount of caffeine can be dangerous, they noted that it can “reduce the risk of several types of cancer.” They also found it to “reduce the risk of strokes by 22%.”
The caffeine in coffee can also help with athletic performance. It can help to increase the amount of oxygen that is consumed during exercise and stimulate the nervous system.
Oh, and don’t forget all those healthy nutrients:
- B vitamins
- And more!
Due to the high caffeine content in coffee, it can help people to feel more alert and increase their energy levels. “When coffee is consumed, it absorbs into the bloodstream and travels to the brain where it fires up certain neutrons that can lead to improved memory, mood and energy,” say the experts at the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Coffee can aid weight loss, too. How? Because it boosts your metabolic rate and increases fat oxidation during exercise. With this in mind, nutritional scientists are now researching further to see if caffeine could become part of the treatment for obesity.
The Annals of Internal Medicine have released research which states that “having three cups of coffee per day could lengthen lifespan by lowering the risk of death from several conditions including heart problems.”
Skin Care Benefits
Coffee has also been found to give your skin a bit of much-deserved TLC. Coffee can play a crucial role in cell re-growth, leading to retained hydration. It enhances your blood circulation, too. Hey, it can even help to reduce swelling of tissues! Try coffee ice cubes – they’re a great way of treating swelled-up areas of your skin.
The Way You Have Your Coffee
The way you take your coffee can also have a substantial effect on how healthy it is. A 2020 study found filter coffee to get the gold medal for health. It’s all thanks to the filter papers, which absorb some of the diterpenes (compounds that can raise cholesterol) and prevent them from making their way into your cup.
Light roast coffees also offer more antioxidants than their dark roast cousins. Light roasts contain higher concentrations of chlorogenic acid, a healthy polyphenol that helps protect against cell damage and inflammation. They tastes pretty awesome, too.
Prefer decaf? Don’t worry – you’ll still get all the same nutritional benefits as regular caffeinated coffee. You might find a small amount of antioxidants lost during the decaffeination process but, aside from that, decaf coffee and regular coffee are pretty much twins. Omitting the caffeine difference, of course.
Health Benefits to Drinking Coffee
One 2009 study showed, as other studies do, that coffee can help to lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes. This group of experts found three cups a day to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 40%. Wow!
Coffee and caffeine are generally awesome in moderation, although it does depend on your personal tolerance. 400mg per day is fine for most people. The NHS advises pregnant women to stick to decaf or limit their intake of caffeine to 200mg. This is about the same as two mugs of instant coffee or one mug of filter coffee.
Regular black coffee is good for you, but do remember that a lot of coffee-based drinks include other ingredients such as creams, artificial sweeteners and flavoured syrups. These can add lots of extra calories, fats and sugars.
So, there we have it. The mighty list of health benefits to drinking coffee. We could go on, but the kettle’s just boiled…
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