We all know that coffee can be that pick-me-up that you need in the morning, however in Nigeria we may not fully appreciate the benefits of good quality coffee.
Research has shown an association between drinking coffee and a reduction in all-cause mortality, so does coffee help you live longer?
Here are a few healthy benefits of drinking coffee:
Coffee is known to increase blood pressure but you’d be surprised to know it also reduces the risk of developing coronary disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation. This could likely be due to the anti-oxidative effect of coffee beans on low-density lipoprotein cholesterol as well as inflammatory markers in the body.
Cerebrovascular disease and stroke
A study found that consuming one to six cups per day may cut the risk of stroke by 17%. Another study of patients without cerebrovascular disease concluded that one to three cups per day may protect against ischemic stroke in the general population.
Coffee appears to play an important role in fending off hyperglycaemia, commonly found in diabetics. It also helps in managing abnormal lipid levels and increased body fat. Infact, numerous studies have linked regular coffee drinking with improved glucose metabolism, insulin secretion and a significantly reduced risk for diabetes.
Studies have linked drinking coffee with reduced risk for numerous cancers, including:
Endometrial cancer - 4cups/day
Prostate cancer - 6cups/day
Head + Neck - 4cups/day
Breast cancer > 5 cups/day
basal cell carcinoma >3 cups/day
This may be partially due to the anti-oxidative and anti-mutagenic properties of coffee beans.
Research suggests that due to the altered serotonin and dopamine activity, coffee consumption can boost mental health and protect against depression. Elevating your mood and mental function.
Coffee consumption helps to protect the liver by slowing the profession of alcoholic cirrhosis and hepatitis C, reducing the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma.
After reading this you should probably go thank your barista at your favourite cafe because they’ve secretly been saving your life.
But as they say, too much of a good thing isn't good for you after all.