Drinking coffee to excess will probably give you the jitters and keep you awake at night, but in moderate quantities it has a multitude of health benefits.
It improves concentration and many trials examining the effects caffeine has on the brain show it can improve reaction times, memory and general cognitive function.
In addition caffeine is found in many slimming products for a very good reason. Being a strong stimulant it can help boost the metabolism and maintain good energy levels; when we move we burn more calories.
A series of studies have shown that drinking coffee regularly can reduce our chances of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by up to 60%. Other studies have shown people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are actually protecting their liver both from cirrhosis and cancer. Multiple studies have also shown that caffeine is a highly effective way to cut the risk of developing type II diabetes.
Research also shows that having a few cups of coffee a day will actually help you to live longer. Most recently scientists at the International Agency for Research on Cancer and at Imperial College, London, examined data from 521,330 people aged above 35 in ten European countries including Britain. During the study 41,693 of them died. Across all nations, the 25 per cent of men who drank most coffee were 12 per cent less likely to die, and women 7 per cent.
And last, but far from least, coffee is exceptionally rich in antioxidants, which are linked to a number of health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancers.
So don’t feel bad when you are asking for that extra shot in your cappuccino or flat white – you are probably doing your health a good favour!