Health problems related to coffee can be a myth, because new studies show that you can drink up to 25 cups a day without causing heart problems
- A survey of more than 8,000 people in the UK found that drinking five cups a day was no worse than drinking less than one
- The research was partially funded by the British Heart Foundation
- Those who drank more coffee were no longer likely to have arteries stiffen
Coffee addicts rejoice – even drinking 25 cups a day is not bad for your heart, scientists say.
Previous studies have suggested that the drink can stiffen arteries, with caffeine lovers often advised to reduce their consumption.
But a survey of more than 8,000 people in the UK found that drinking an average of five cups a day was actually no worse for their arteries than drinking less than one cup a day.
Drinking lots of coffee may not be bad for your health, because a new study shows that drinking lots does not make the veins stiff
The study, which was partially funded by the British Heart Foundation, is presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester.
Experts from Queen Mary University in London divided 8,412 participants into three groups for their studies.
The first group consisted of participants who drank less than one cup of coffee a day, the second group included people who drank between one and three cups a day, and the third group consisted of people who drank more than three glasses.
Some people drank up to 25 cups a day in the last group – but the average was five cups a day.
Researchers discovered that even those who drank the higher daily amounts were not more likely to have stiffness of the arteries than those who drank less than one cup per day.
More than 8,000 people participated in the study that was partially funded by the British Heart Foundation
Previous studies have suggested that coffee strengthens arteries, puts pressure on the heart and increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
All participants had heart scans and infrared pulse wave tests and researchers found the results to be true after taking into account factors such as age, weight and smoking status.
Dr. Kenneth Fung, from Queen Mary University in London, said: “Despite the huge popularity of coffee worldwide, several reports could prevent people from enjoying it.
& # 39; Although we cannot demonstrate a causal relationship in this study, our research indicates that coffee is not as bad for the arteries as previous studies suggest. & # 39;
He emphasized that while some participants drank huge amounts of coffee, the average of the highest consumer group was five cups a day.
He added: & # 39; We would like to study these people in more detail in our future work so that we can help advise safe limits. & # 39;
Professor Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the BHF, said the study excludes one of the possible adverse effects of coffee on our arteries.
Another study presented at the conference found that people admitted to the cardiac arrest at NHS hospitals were not at greater risk of dying than those admitted during the week.
The study, led by experts at Aston University in Birmingham, included 4,803 people who went to hospital with cardiac arrest and evaluated their five-year survival.
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