Coffee and Health

With 95 million cups of coffee consumed each day in the United Kingdom in 2017, there’s no question that the drink has increased in popularity over the past several years. However, along with the obvious benefits of caffeine, there are also some surprising health benefits that come with your morning cup of coffee. Whether you prefer cafe lattes or a classic blend, here are some of the ways the beverage can give you more than just a kick of energy.

Nutritional benefits

While caffeine may seem like the main component of coffee, the drink actually contains much more in terms of nutritional value. In fact, even one cup contains small amounts of essential nutrients, including vitamins B12 and B5, potassium, magnesium and niacin. Coffee also happens to be quite rich in antioxidants, including those of polyphenols and hydrocinnamic acids. These components may actually have the potential to reduce the risk of some diseases and improve your health in many ways, proving the drink to be more than just delicious.

Prevention against some conditions

While many might not think twice about the power that their coffee may hold in their daily routines, it might be surprising to know that drinking it may possibly be linked to the prevention of some health conditions. For example, one study at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, found that in mice, coffee was able to reduce the buildup of a protein called beta-amyloid. This protein is commonly found in Alzheimer’s patients. But the research doesn’t stop there. Coffee may also play a part in preventing diabetes, as researchers found that an active compound in the drink called cafestol was able to reduce glucose levels and improve insulin in mice. While the evidence doesn’t make a solid case when it comes to humans with the condition, it’s definitely ground-breaking research worth building on - especially considering how many people are affected, either short term during pregnancy, or for the duration of their life. Whether you're managing gestational diabetes or learning to live with type 2 diabetes, including small amounts of coffee in your diet could be of benefit.

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Coffee and mental health

It’s no secret that your daily cup of coffee (or two) can put you in a good mood, but some studies suggest that regular coffee consumption may reduce the risk of depression. While the link between coffee and mental health isn’t concrete, several studies have suggested that the evidence is there. In fact, one study of over 50,000 women over the course of 10 years found that the risk of depression decreased the more coffee they drank - caffeinated, of course. 

Coffee is seen as part of a daily routine for many, often without a second thought. However, each cup of the rich beverage might hold more than just a kick of energy in terms of benefits to your health.