Many of us can’t get through the day without a cup of coffee (or two or three) and thankfully scientists have been hard at work to prove why that’s not a bad thing after all.
Here are the health benefits of drinking coffee according to science
The messages we get about food, diet and nutrition can often be conflicting – not least the messages we’re fed about coffee. But what more and more studies are pointing to is just how beneficial a cup of the liquid energy can really be.
In fact, a recent study conducted by the University of Nottingham demonstrated that indulging in a cup of coffee can stimulate brown adipose tissue (also known as brown fat) which is the body’s own fat-fighting defence that plays a role in how quickly we burn calories as energy. This could, in turn, work to help tackle issues such as obesity and diabetes.
And it’s not the first study to reflect positively on the benefits of taking in that daily dose of caffeine. A study conducted by the University Health Network in 2018 demonstrated that drinking coffee may protect subjects against developing both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, while another experiment in the same year conducted at Ohio State University linked the intake of coffee with better teamwork.
One study carried out by the University of Toronto demonstrated that even simply looking at objects and images that remind us of coffee can cause our mind to become more attentive and alert.
But how much a day should we be drinking to see such results? Well, definitely less than six cups a day according to The University of South Australia.
Speaking on her research, Professor Elina Hyppönen of the Australian Centre for Precision Health said: “In order to maintain a healthy heart and a healthy blood pressure, people must limit their coffees to fewer than six cups a day — based on our data six was the tipping point where caffeine started to negatively affect cardiovascular risk.”