We all live fast paced and stressful lives so it may come as no surprise that us Brits knock back over 70 millions cups of coffee everyday, making coffee the 2nd most consumed liquid beverage in the world only after tea. A lot of us depend on a caffeine fix first thing in the morning to help to get us ready for the day ahead.
It has been well documented that caffeine can have some negative effects on our bodies if consumed irresponsibly, however for those of us that enjoy a mug of Joe in moderation there are also a number of amazing health benefits too.
Coffee improves energy levels
We all know this one, right? Coffee contains caffeine … caffeine is a stimulant that rapidly boosts energy. Caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream and blocks chemical signals in your brain that make you feel sleepy, giving you a burst of energy and making you feel more alert, hence why so many of us reach for the coffee pot first thing in the morning.
Coffee lowers the risk of diabetes
Researchers identified that drinking coffee increases plasma levels of protein sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) which controls the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones that play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes which can also lead to Alzheimer’s (see below).
Coffee helps to protect you from Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that affects your memory, but drinking around three cups of coffee a day could help fight the onset of Alzheimer’s.
It reduces the risk of some types of cancers
If you thought drinking more than one cup of coffee a day was bad for you then think again. Drinking four or more cups each day can help reduce the risk colorectal, liver, and uterine cancer. Guzzling more than three cups of coffee a month could also reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, experts say. Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by approximately 40%, increasing to approximately 50% if you drink three cups a day.
Coffee makes you happier and helps fight depression
Caffeine is a psychoactive, and one of the most widely consumed ones in the world. Caffeine makes us feel happier by stimulating the release of dopamine, which helps to produce pleasant feelings. Thanks to antioxidants, coffee can also have a mood-lifting effect and help fight depression.
It reduces the risk of Parkinson disease
Researchers in America carried out studies that assessed the link between coffee consumption and Parkinson’s disease. The study concluded that ‘higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease’. In addition, caffeine in coffee may help control movement and mobility in people already suffering with the disease.
Coffee and liver disease
Regular consumption of coffee is linked to a reduced risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare autoimmune disease of the bile ducts in the liver.
Coffee and your heart’s health
Researchers concluded that drinking coffee in moderation can help to protect against heart failure. It was stressed that the ‘moderation’ levels varied based on the individual and their lifestyle, however those Europeans that four cups of coffee per day had an 11% lower riskof heart failure compared to those who did not.