We’ve got it, the news you’ve been waiting for all this time! Your coffee drinking habits are more than justified. Just when you thought you couldn't love coffee any more than you already do, it turns out that the natural caffeine properties and antioxidants found in coffee can have major benefits on your health. Study after study identifies health hacks ranging from battling chronic diseases to reducing the overall risk of death.
We're not ones to argue with science, especially when it encourages us to brew just one more cup. Check out the below findings from top research institutions and universities around the world, all of which suggest links between drinking coffee and staying healthy.
Coffee consumption reduces the risk of heart disease.
Those of you who have coffee pumping through your veins will appreciate this health benefit. Researchers at the University of Colorado recently discovered a link between coffee consumption and reduced rates of heart disease. Every additional cup of coffee consumed per day reduced the risk of heart failure, stroke, and coronary heart disease. Everything in moderation though, folks – scientists no longer saw benefits beyond six cups per day.
Coffee can battle Alzheimer's and dementia.
Coffee is known to have a positive impact on brain function, and science surely agrees! When researchers took a look at the coffee intake and brain health, it was discovered that regular coffee drinkers are 16 percent less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's, dementia or cognitive decline.
Coffee drinkers live longer than those who don't drink coffee.
Searching for the fountain of youth? Look no further than your coffee machine. Several studies have found a link between mortality and macchiatos. One such study found that enjoying 4 to 5 cups per day reduces the risk of death by 12 percent for men and 16 percent for women. And there is good news for the occasional coffee drinkers among us – even one cup per day resulted in a 5 to 6 percent reduction of risk.
Coffee can boost your mood and, in some cases, help fight depression.
It's no secret that a good cup of joe will bring a smile to your face, but our friends down under backed that up when they discovered that drinking coffee reduces the risk for depression by 8 percent per cup. This link is likely due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of coffee.
Coffee can improve your liver health.
When it comes to a healthy liver, coffee offers the body benefit after benefit. Drinking one cup per day resulted in a 22 percent reduced risk for cirrhosis. Numbers go up from there – two cups a day were associated with a 43 percent risk, three cups came in at 57 percent and four cups a day reduced the risk of liver disease by 65 percent.
We applaud the scientists who made these coffee-fueled discoveries, and happily volunteer to be the test subjects for their next study – after all, science shows: the more coffee, the better! With healthy moderation of course. For all the latest coffee news, events, tips, recipes and so much more from Royal Cup, be sure to subscribe to our blog (signup below in the box to the right). We'll keep you updated on all things coffee, from Americano to Z!