That heavenly blend of magic bean juice…
That delicious, mysterious beverage that gets us out of bed…
That caffeine goodness, wrapped up in a humble little bean that someone decided to grind and pop into hot water one day…
You know the stuff.
Coffee has become that go-to brew that keeps us going. And if you suffer from Pro-caffeinating, the tendency to not start anything until you’ve had a cup of coffee (which is totally a real thing, by the way… we think), you will be so glad you landed on this little blog.
Recent studies have suggested that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day may, in fact, have some health benefits. And all the Pro-caffeinators rejoiced!
But even if you aren’t drinking coffee for its health benefits (because it just tastes good; who cares, right?), it’s still good to know what’s in your favourite double latte with extra foam.
4 Health Benefits of Coffee to Appreciate
1. Coffee is good for your heart
If that first sip of coffee sets your heart aflutter, it might interest you to know that coffee is linked to improved heart health.
A UK study conducted in 2017 by research scientist, Robin Poole and his team at the University of Southampton found that participants who consumed coffee were:
- 17% less likely to die early during the study period from any cause
- 19% less likely to die of heart disease
Of course, we all know that too much coffee may give us heart palpitations, so you do the math when it comes to your limit.
2. Coffee is linked to reduced risk for cancer
There are so many claims out there regarding the power of certain foods to reduce risk for cancer and other illnesses.
Coffee is one of those foods that continue to maintain scientists’ approval, in that it may have cancer risk-reducing properties.
The study by Robin Poole found that 18% of the participants were less likely to develop cancer, compared to those who did not drink coffee.
That’s certainly food for thought. Let’s ponder on that… with a cup of coffee!
3. Coffee is an appetite suppressant
Have you ever noticed that you’re less hungry after you drink coffee? That’s because certain elements in coffee act as appetite suppressants.
If you’re inclined to reach for soft drinks when you’re thirsty, try and opt for a cup of unsweetened coffee instead.
A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested that if people avoid at least one soft drink each day or swap it for a bottle of water or unsweetened tea or coffee, they could potentially lose 1.5kg per month.
4. Coffee beans contain natural anti-inflammatories
Certain studies have shown that coffee is a source of natural anti-inflammatory compounds.
These compounds have been shown to reduce risk for certain chronic illnesses like heart conditions. They also have been shown to reduce risk for cirrhosis of the liver, cancer and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
How much coffee is enough?
The age old question coffee-lovers have avoided since the dawn of the Age of Coffee: how much coffee is too much? Well, it seems that most health experts agree that three to four cups of unsweetened coffee per day is more than enough.
In other words, the ‘everything in moderation’ rule applies. It’s all about balance.
A fair bit of caution to the wise though: too much coffee ‘keeps things moving’, if you know what we mean… So know your limits – your gut might just hate you if you overdo it.
Share the sunshine with Montagu’s new coffee range
We are extremely proud to present our very own coffee range!
The latest addition to the Montagu product family is rich premium 100% Medium Roast Arabica coffee, perfectly roasted for you to enjoy many deliciously rich and aromatic coffee moments.
The coffee range offers two varieties: a Signature Blend Coffee Beans pack, as well as a Signature Blend Ground Coffee pack.
Find your nearest store here.