People often joke that coffee fuels their day-to-day life and while we admit it is not quite as essential as oxygen or water, the fact is coffee really does benefit those who drink it. Of course, there is the renowned energy boost – or ‘buzz’ – that coffee is known for, but that is far from the only good thing drinking it has to offer.
Are you still in the market for a New Year’s resolution? Well, here are 5 great health reasons to drink coffee in 2018. We think you’re going to find them very convincing.
Coffee Is Rich In Antioxidants
While a lot of us tend to focus on coffees’ caffeine content, it is also a rich source of various antioxidants. Antioxidants help the body in various ways and though there is a long-winded scientific explanation for how they do this, their role essentially boils down to protecting the body from cell damage caused by free radicals. Coffee’s antioxidant levels are up there with green teas’, a drink commonly touted as being high in antioxidants, and can account for around 80% of antioxidants consumed in a person’s diet. These findings have been backed up by studies carried out in Finland, France, and various other countries.
Coffee Can Reduce The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is amongst the fastest growing health conditions in the UK, with the number of confirmed cases having doubled over the course of 20 years. Though by no means a magic bullet to this developing issue, drinking coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, caffeine actually works against this effect, causing blood sugar and insulin levels to rise. Fortunately, caffeine only lessens the benefit rather than cancelling it out entirely. Findings also suggest that the reduced risk of type 2 diabetes is only experienced by long-term coffee drinkers, as those who drink coffee less consistently or are new to it tend to see their risk rise slightly before returning to prior levels and then falling.
Coffee Is The Liver’s BFF
If your New Year’s resolution is to cut down on the booze and spare your liver some hassle, you may also want to consider drinking more coffee. Not only has it been linked to a significant reduction in the risk of liver cirrhosis development, studies have also found coffee helps to protect against liver cancer, which is the third most deadly according to the World Health Organisation. As if that wasn’t enough, liver cancer is not the only form of cancer that coffee wards against, as it has also been shown to keep colon cancer at bay.
Coffee Will Help You Meet Your Fitness Goals
Getting fit and healthy is another popular New Year’s resolution that coffee can help with. We all know that coffee makes you feel more alert and energetic, but it does actually have a quantifiably positive effect on the body’s physical performance output. Not only this, coffee also boosts the metabolism and speeds up the body’s fat-burning process, making it an effective and delicious weight-loss tool. Not only does coffee help to make the most of a workout, it also helps lead onto the next one by reducing the discomfort associated with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS); with some studies finding it reduced pain by almost 50%.
Coffee Keeps The Brain Healthy & Mind Alert
Coffee may promote focus and alertness in the short-term but it also helps to keep the brain that way in the long-term too. Cognitive decline is an unavoidable consequence of old age, however, drinking coffee has been shown to mitigate the side-effects of growing old and protect against neurodegenerative disorders; such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, and other causes of dementia. Not only does coffee look after the brain, it also takes care of the mind by supporting the drinker’s mental health. A study on depression in women carried out by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that moderate coffee drinkers were 20% less likely to develop depression than those who didn’t, and that coffee was more effective at reducing the risk of depression than black tea and just as effective as green tea.
Bibium offer both whole-bean and pre-ground coffee, as well as coffee machines for the home and businesses environments; such as restaurants, cafes, and offices. However, whilst all coffee is good for the body and mind, our Underdog Coffee are also good for the soul. Ethically sourced and organically grown, our coffee comes from Fairtrade coffee farms across South America that have been specially selected for the sustainable cultivation practices that they use. By choosing Bibium, you are having a direct impact on the lives of hundreds of smallholder coffee farmers and their families, as well as actively supporting their communities and promoting environmentally-friendly agricultural practices. How’s all that for a New Year’s resolution?