The vast majority of us enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, especially in the mornings. It has finally overtaken tea as the UK’s favourite drink. But coffee hasn’t always had a good reputation when it comes to health.
New findings now suggest that, in moderation, coffee is actually beneficial to our health. Here are five of the surprising health benefits of drinking three to four cups of coffee a day.
1. Coffee gives you more energy
There’s a good reason why office coffee machines are so popular – coffee really does give you more energy and make your more productive. The caffeine in coffee causes the increased firing of neurons in the brain, which improves cognitive function, energy levels and reaction times.
It also makes you feel more awake and alert, which is why so many of us rely on coffee in the mornings!
2. Coffee contains important nutrients
Coffee beans are the seeds of the coffee tree. As they’re completely natural, they contain a number of healthy nutrients, which are still present after the production process, and ultimately in the coffee, we drink.
Each cup of coffee contains Vitamins B2 and B5, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin, all of which are beneficial to your health as part of a balanced diet.
3. Coffee can make you happier
Drinking coffee can actually lift your mood and improve your mental health. A study by Harvard University in the USA revealed that women can reduce their risk of depression by 20 percent, simply by drinking four cups of coffee a day.
With mental health being increasingly recognised as a major issue in society, this is good news for coffee lovers.
4. Coffee may protect against certain types of cancer
For a long time, it was believed that coffee could possibly cause cancer. However, in 2016, the World Health Organisation removed coffee from its list of potentially carcinogenic foods.
This is an unusual step in itself, but the WHO went even further. Based on new research, it now states that coffee, drunk in moderation, could actually help to protect against cancers of the liver and the uterus.
5. Coffee can help you live longer
The latest research into coffee suggests that drinking it in moderation can help to reduce your risks of a number of serious health conditions. These include:
• Heart disease, including heart attacks
• Type 2 Diabetes
• Parkinson’s disease
• Cirrhosis of the liver.
Coffee drinkers have even been shown to reduce their chances of dying young by between eight and 15 percent, suggesting that coffee really can increase your lifespan!
Of course, nobody is suggesting that you should drastically increase your coffee intake, or that you should rely on coffee for the health benefits. But in moderate amounts – three to four cups a day – it might actually be doing you some good.
If you would like to enjoy fresh bean coffee in your workplace, please contact us. We stock a wide range of bean coffee machines suitable for businesses of all types and sizes and will be happy to discuss your requirements.