In the last two to three years I have become a big coffee fan and if you follow me on Instagram, you know I can’t resist taking a photo if it’s really good! From Americano to Cappucino and most recently flat white, it’s all about the quality and taste.
Yet, there may actually be health benefits to coffee. I spoke with Rudy from Gimoka Coffee UK for his insight into the nutritional benefits it could bring if you enjoy it daily.
A few years ago, coffee was consumed daily to stay awake during a long day at work, but now it’s more about the experience. Coffee culture has boomed over the last few years, with independent cafe’s popping up all over major cities globally. What most people don’t know is that coffee has numerous health benefits, as well as just tasting good and providing a kick.
1. Coffee helps you stay on the ball
Consuming coffee helps you to focus and pay attention, which is probably why you find yourself reaching for a fresh mug first thing in the morning, as it helps you stay more alert whilst at work, or when studying.
2. Reduced risk of diseases and illnesses
Some studies have been conducted that came to the conclusion that drinking a certain amount of coffee can help prevent diseases that include stroke, liver disease, heart disease and kidney disease. A study that was completed across 10 European countries, over a 16-year time frame, came to the conclusion that people who drank 3 or more cups a day, had a lower risk of death – around 18% lower for men and 8% for women.
3. Slowing down the effects of Alzheimer’s
One of the most interesting new studies into the positive effects of coffee is that it can actually slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s, which can be a debilitating illness. Apparently drinking about 3 cups a day delayed the onset of the illness in tested patients. The tests also found that people who drank a cup before taking a memory test had a higher score on the test than non-coffee drinkers.
4. Drink a little before a workout
Drinking a little coffee before working out has been proven to give a boost in energy and increase metabolism to help with weight loss. For athletes, it can help lower the effects of muscle fatigue. The coffee can also give you that feel good mood, so you’ll be more motivated to workout and actually enjoy it.
5. Coffee contributes to your daily fibre intake
In case you didn’t realise; fibre is necessary to maintain a healthy bowel, lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy weight. Fibre is found in plant-based foods such as bread, nuts and vegetables. It’s recommended that you consume 20-38 grams of fibre a day and the good news is that a cup of coffee contains about 1.8 grams, so you’re on your way to a balanced diet.
6. Coffee contains Antioxidants
Antioxidants are something that we don’t talk about enough; without giving the scientific jargon, they basically help prevent and delay illnesses such as heart problems, immune system issues, and even mood disorders. Antioxidants can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as coffee beans.
7. Incorporate coffee into your skin care regime
There are numerous reasons why coffee is great for your skin, some of which are surprising. The antioxidants in coffee limit the creation of free radicals, which can harm your cells and cause health issues, as well as skin issues. Coffee is great for skin externally, as well as internally, that’s why many eye creams and face creams contain coffee. Once you’re done drinking your coffee, use the grinds to create your own homemade exfoliator.
Coffee has been given a bad reputation, which should be changed as it has natural disease fighting qualities, as well as caffeine, to give you that energising effect. You’re better off getting your caffeine fix from a delicious Americano than a sugary soft drink. So, you don’t have to feel guilty about your morning shot of espresso anymore since coffee actually has many positive effects.
Rudy Caretti has more than 15 years of experience in the coffee industry, a passion that started in Italy within the family business and brought him to found Gimoka Coffee UK and G Coffee Pod with a group of friends, who share the same passion.
If you have any coffee recommendations or use any cool equipment to make it at home let me know. I currently use an Aero Press from ground beans, rather than buying whole and grinding myself.