Why office coffee is one of the best decisions a company can make.
Whether it is the time to gather ourselves before a long day in the office, the much-needed social break to see our favorite colleague in the middle of the day, or simply the pure deliciousness within our favorite mug - everyone loves their reliable cup of joe. Thankfully for us, the perks of coffee don’t stop at just the taste; our favorite beverage has numerous other benefits, including several health ones. So yes, grab that second cup, it’s good for you!
A cup (or two) a day keeps the doctor away
Now we all know that pick-me-up feeling a fresh cup gives us, but that isn’t the only benefit we get. Coffee has numerous health benefits when consumed in moderation.
Polyphenols, found in coffee, can work similarly to antidepressants. They act as antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress and cell inflammation which can be damaging to the brain. This goes the same for decaf drinkers; these polyphenols are found in both types of coffee. Additionally, multiple studies have shown that a moderate intake of coffee produced lower risk of depression and suicide.
Type 2 diabetes
These same polyphenols, in addition to minerals such as magnesium, have been shown to improve the effectiveness of the body’s insulin and glucose metabolism. In turn, this can actually lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
There has been evidence on more than one occasion that regular coffee drinkers may be at a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. In a 83,076 woman cohort, those who drank 4 or more cups a day were associated with lower risk of stroke than those who didn’t drink coffee and even decaf drinkers who had more than 2 cups showed an 11% lower risk of stroke. Several other studies have shown similar results, strongly suggesting that moderate coffee drinking prevents heart issues.
Several studies have proven that the consumption of caffeine lowers one's risk of getting Parkinson's disease. This caffeine found in coffee has been shown to protect dopamine-producing cells in the brain, which leads to lower risk of developing the neurodegenerative disease.
Cholesterol, which makes up the most common type of gallstone, can be prohibited from forming into crystals in the gallbladder by drinking coffee. The consumption of coffee stimulates contractions and increases the flow of bile, preventing cholesterol from being able to collect in the gallbladder.
The other benefits
The caffeine we get from a cup of coffee (50-300mg) results in increased levels of energy and alertness. So when you are feeling sluggish and tired in the office, refilling your cup could be the quick solution you need to push through a project or assignment. Additionally, the caffeine increases our ability to concentrate, which is crucial for meetings, presentations, note taking, and countless other tasks.
So next time you are debating on returning to your Nespresso machine or grabbing a second cold brew, don’t feel bad about it. And for companies hoping to provide these benefits to their employees through office coffee, 6AM Health has you covered. Contact us to see how we can help your team reach their goals today!