Up to 25 cups of coffee a day no threat to heart health, study finds

2019-06-07 15:51
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Good news for all coffee lovers: a few cuppas a day doesn’t put your heart in harm’s way.

Well, at least no more than drinking less than a cup a day would.

Previous studies have suggested coffee tightens the arteries, puts pressure on the heart and increases the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke, writes The Guardian.

But according to the publication a new study, partially funded by the British Heart Foundation, has found consuming up to 25 cups of coffee a day was no worse for the arteries than drinking less than a cup a day.

The 8 412 participants were divided into three groups, each reporting their coffee consumption. The first group consisted of people who said they drank less than one cup of coffee a day. The second drank between one and three cups while the third consumed more than three – some as many as 25 cups a day.

Although some participants in group three drank 25 cups a day, the average intake among this group was five cups a day.

The contributors were sent for MRI scans and infrared pulse wave tests and even after factors like weight, age and smoking status were considered, the results were the same. Those who drank up to 25 cups of caffeine goodness every day were no more likely to have stiffening of the arteries than those who drank less than one cup a day, reports CNN.

"What we found was that drinking more than three cups of coffee a day did not significantly increase the stiffness of blood vessels compared to people who drink one cup or less a day," Kenneth Fung, who led the study at Queen Mary University of London, told CNN.

He added that coffee ought to be enjoyed alongside a healthy lifestyle and that the study, which is being presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference in Manchester, England, doesn’t necessarily urge people to consume 25 cups per day.

"The main message for people to take away from this is that coffee can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle and coffee lovers can be reassured by this result in terms of blood vessel stiffness outcomes.

"We're not telling people to drink 25 cups a day per se. If anything, if you drink within recommended guidelines, then we don't expect to see an increase in arterial stiffness compared with those who drink one cup or less a day.”

SOURCES: CNN, The Guardian, Fox News

Read more on:    study  |  heart  |  heart attack  |  coffee  |  arteries  |  stroke
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