The International Coffee Day is observed on 1 October annually to promote and celebrate the use of coffee. So this year, we are digging a little deeper. What are the health benefits to drinking coffee, and how much is too much?
We’ve come a long way in coffee terms since the days of Nescafe Gold Blend being the best coffee on offer, what with our oat milk lattes, Nespresso machines and coffee shops on every corner. For some it’s simply the kick from caffeine, for more it’s the daily ritual of preparing the perfect cup that keeps them coming back for more. What’s certainly true is that coffee culture is ingrained into society here in Ireland for now and certainly for the foreseeable future.
Just the right amount can improve our mood, whereas too much can leave us feeling jittery.
So, whats the skinny? The good news is the case for coffee is stronger than ever. Study after study indicates you could be getting more from your morning cup of joe than you thought. Coffee is chock full of substances that may help guard against conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. Although we all immediately think of caffeine when we consider our cup of coffee, there are also many more beneficial antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease.
Not only does coffee give you an energy boost, but can positivelt impact your health in other ways too.
You could live longer. Recent studies have shown that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
Your body may process glucose more efficiently, therefore you could be less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. For example, having about five cups of coffee a day, instead of none, is correlated with a 30 percent decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a meta-analysis of 30 studies.
Caffeine is not only linked to a lower chance of developing Parkinsons, but consumption may improve symptoms of the disease also.
Both regular and decaf coffee seem to have a protective effect on your liver. Research shows that coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don’t drink coffee.
Regular coffee consumption can decrease the risk of developing Alzheimers. Research has shown that people aged over 65 years who drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day are much less likely to develop dementia.
Studies have also shown that coffee drinkers are 26% less likely to develop colorectal cancer.
In addition, drinking at least one cup of coffee per day is associated with lower stroke risk.
However, coffee isn’t for everyone. There are concerns about overconsumption. This is especially true for expecting mothers because the safety of caffeine during pregnancy is unclear.
In moderation, coffee seems to be good for most people — that’s 3 to 5 cups daily, or up to 400 milligrams of caffeine. So, grab your cup and enjoy!