Coffee’s health benefits

We all know the sensation of how it feels when that first sip of coffee hits the back of your throat, you feel awake, alert, and vital. A recent study has confirmed what we, coffee aficionados, already knew – as well as waking us up, coffee has a host of additional health benefits.

The study

Researchers from The University of Southampton, Poole, Kennedy, Roderick, Fallowsfield, Hayes, and Parkes (2017), conducted a review of over 200 studies – with a few to analyse the health benefits that drinking coffee could be linked to. They found a massive 67 unique health outcomes associated with coffee consumption, the majority being associated with benefit, as opposed to harm. The largest effect could be seen when coffee intake was at between three and four cups a day.

The benefits found

Drinking coffee could be linked to massive range of benefits, and was consistently associated with a lower risk of death from all causes! That’s right, the study found a definite correlation between drinking coffee, and lower risk of death across the board! This includes a correlation between a lower risk of all cancers. (makes fourth cup of coffee before continuing).

As well as numerous correlations, such as a lower incidence of gout, lower risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and depression, the study found that liver conditions (such as cirrhosis), in particular, saw the greatest benefit with coffee association. Coffee association was also correlated with lower cardiovascular mortality, and mortality from coronary heart disease and stroke.

It’s important to state, however, that other factors including how much individuals smoked, whether they exercised, and the type of diet that individuals have followed.

 

The science bit

Espresso machineNeed to see some evidence to back this up? We’ve delved a little into why these health benefits might appear. Coffee is far more than just a delicious drink, the drink itself is a mixture of over 1000 bioactive compounds, with various antioxidant, antifibrotic, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties. They key active compounds found within your standard coffee bean are diterpenes, chlorogenic acids, and, everybody’s favourite, caffeine!

 

Proceed with caution

However, not all individuals should be knocking back cups of joe, certain groups actually suffer negative effects from caffeine consumption. These include pregnant women, women who are at risk of fractures, individuals who experience anxiety disorders, and those who suffer from insomnia.