For many, the working day begins with the first hot cup of coffee. Often, that first cup is followed by a second, and a third, and so on until the day’s end. Yet, what you may not realise is that those cups of coffee may provide you with some health benefits, according to research from the British Medical Journal.
- The study found that individuals that enjoyed three to four cups of coffee a day experienced the following health benefits:
- Lower risk of liver disease
- Lower risk of prostate, liver and colorectal cancer
- Lower risk of stroke
- Lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes
In addition, other studies have shown that drinking coffee can provide a boost to your metabolism. However, despite the potential benefits of coffee, too much can be detrimental to your health.
- In fact, if you regularly enjoy more than five cups of coffee, you could experience the following negative health effects:
- Higher blood pressure
- Increased occurrence of stress, anxiety and depression
- Increased irritability
- Reduced concentration
What’s more, adding cream and sugar to each cup of coffee piles on hundreds of additional calories. Nevertheless, enjoyed in moderation, coffee can be good for your health because it is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients.
As with most things, you need to find the right balance between enough and too much. For that reason, if you start feeling lethargic during the day, but you’ve already had close to five cups of coffee, find a pick-me-up alternative—such as taking a short walk or stretching—instead of reaching for that extra cup.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.