coffee: [kaw-fee, kof-ee] noun
because adulting can be hard
Whether yours is an oat milk flat white, a skinny latte or a double espresso, did you know that your morning trip to Starbucks or Costa could actually be doing you good aside from providing that much-needed morning caffeine jolt!
Research from the acclaimed School of Medicine at John Hopkins University, says there’s a strong case for coffee having some very positive health benefits and containing a variety of key compounds. These include substances known to guard against Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease to name but two.
Here are my top 7 ways that coffee can have a positive impact on your health;
- When we think of coffee we immediately think about caffeine, and rightly-so because the average coffee beverage has around 96mg of caffeine in it. But what you might not know is that female regular coffee drinkers are less likely to die from coronary heart disease and strokes, the leading cause of death in women, thanks to the power of caffeine lowering the bad LDL cholesterol.
- Research has shown that not only does caffeine lower the chances of developing Parkinson’s Disease, it also helps those with the disease control their movements better!
- The darker the roast, the better in terms of making your DNA stronger. Breakages in the DNA strands are linked with the development of cancers and tumours. However, dark roast, fuller flavour coffees help to prevent this damage.
- A daily cup of Joe (both caff and decaf) is known to have a protective effect on your liver; with coffee drinkers more likely to have liver enzymes within a healthy ranger, compared to those of non-coffee drinkers.
- Studies have found that drinking coffee could be associated with an 8% lower risk of depression per cup of coffee consumed each day.
- One in 18 women develop colon cancer in the UK – it’s slightly higher in the US with 1 in 23. However, researchers found that coffee drinkers, both regular and decaf, were 20 plus percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer.
- Finally, the one you’ve all been waiting for, coffee and your waistline… It has been shown that coffee can help support weight management and maybe linked to decreased body fat. GREAT NEWS. One study also found that people who consumed coffee were more likely to be physically active.
How much coffee is safe for women to drink each day?
You can have too much of a good thing, and I’m sure us coffee drinkers have, at one time or other, experienced the excesses of coffee:
- Feeling jittery
- Upset stomach
- Increased heart rate
- Raised blood pressure
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
So how much coffee should you drink to get all the benefits and avoid the negative side effects?
Around the world health organisations suggest that the most caffeine people can safely consume is up to 300mg per day. However, some people, who are sensitive to caffeine, are advised to consume less. In the UK the NHS suggests that pregnant women consume no more than 200mg, or 2 cups, of caffeinated coffee a day.
Caffeine tolerance is different for everyone. You can still get some of the potential health benefits by drinking one cup of coffee a day, or even decaf.
While coffee is no doubt a pleasurable part of your daily life, we can’t get away from the fact that eating a balanced diet, keeping yourself hydrated with non-caffeinated drinks, keeping an eye on those scales and exercising all have a positive impact on your body and overall health.