There are surprising health benefits to drinking coffee. The latest wave of scientific evidence brings a wealth of good news for coffee lovers. Your daily cup of coffee may be doing more for you than providing that early-morning pick-me-up and a little more edge to kick start your day. The health impacts of coffee have long been a controversial topic, with advocates backing its antioxidant activity and brain-boosting ability while the other side of the debate detailing downsides such as insomnia, indigestion, increased heart rate and blood pressure.
Coffee shows more antioxidant activity than green tea and cocoa, two antioxidant superstars. Scientists have identified approximately 1,000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans, and hundreds more develop during the roasting process. Recent studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases. A landmark Dutch study analysed data from more than 37,000 people over a period of 13 years and found that moderate coffee drinkers (who consumed between two to four cups daily) had a 20 percent lower risk of heart disease as compared to heavy or light coffee drinkers, and nondrinkers.
When a group of volunteers received a dose of 100 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, about as much contained in a single cup of coffee, Austrian researchers found a surge in the volunteers’ brain activity, measured by functional magnetic resonance imagery (fMRI), as they performed a memory task. The researchers noted that the memory skills and reaction times of the caffeinated volunteers were also improved when compared to the control group who received a placebo and showed no increase in brain activity.
Men who drink coffee may be at a lower risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. In addition, new research from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that drinking four or more cups of coffee daily decreased the risk of endometrial cancer in women by 25 percent as compared to women who drank less than one cup a day. Researchers have also found ties between regular coffee drinking and lower rates of liver, colon and breast cancers.
There really is nothing like that first cup of coffee for the day or the pick me up mid afternoon espresso java shot. Great coffee can only taste better when someone buys you a cup or better still when you have won it. So, enter our Coffee a Day competition online today to get all the health benefits you can get from your java.
It’s simple, and all you need to do to stand a chance of winning yourself the perfect cup every day for one month is like The Blend Facebook page, tag The Blend and share this post to your wall to enter. Entries close 15th October and winners will be announced at Folking Poetry, at The Blend, 79 Roeland Street, Cape Town CBD. Free entry to the open mic music and poetry night with your RSVP on Facebook or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org