Over the past 10 years as a personal trainer Scott has transformed the physiques of Oscar winning actors, Paralympic athletes, and military service personnel. He is also a regular fitness columnist for the Daily Telegraph.
The media is constantly sending us conflicting information about all sorts of food and drink that it is hard to keep track of what is good for us and what we should be avoiding.
Throughout the years, coffee has attracted a lot of negativity vis-à-vis its possible carcinogenic properties and links to cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. However more recently, reports suggest that coffee may in fact have beneficial health effects.
Nutritional Benefits: Coffee has more nutritional benefits than we often give it credit for. Given its current popularity, coffee is becoming one of the biggest sources of antioxidants in the western diet, surpassing even fruit and vegetables. It has been shown in many reports for years that antioxidants have numerous positive effects on our health including anti-inflammatory compounds, which can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, neurological conditions and even cancer.
Improved Brain Function: Caffeine works in our brains by inhibiting certain chemicals and can actually increase neuronal function. This can have many effects to us, but it is strongly argued that it actually helps to improve our mood, memory, reaction and general brain function. Caffeine however is a drug and we must remember this as it is massively addictive. Ask anyone who has listened to the health scares and tried to cut it entirely from their diet. Caffeine is possibly the world's most commonly consumed stimulates, but there are good reasons why we shouldn't give it up.
Although I would say for most people 2 or 3 cups of regular coffee is completely fine, let's remember also that when we are talking about a couple of cups of coffee day we are talking about simple black coffee, as soon as we start adding various amounts of sugar, syrups and milk, the negative effect will soon out way these benefits we have discussed. So keep your coffees simple, dark and sugar free!