Admit it, most of us can’t really start our day without a cup of coffee. If you’re one of the people who can’t really function without coffee first thing in the morning, here’s good news for you.
In a new study funded by the British Heart Foundation to examine the relationship between coffee consumption and stiffening arteries that involves around 8,000 people across the UK, they found out that drinking a large amount of coffee is no worse for your heart than a single cup of coffee.
The result shows that those who drank up to 25 cups a day were no more likely to experience stiffening of the arteries than someone drinking less than a cup a day.
Being presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference, the scientists from the Queen Mary University of London divided 8,412 people for the study into three groups, with each self-reporting their coffee consumption.
- The first group drank less than one cup of coffee a day.
- The second group drank in between one to three cups of coffee.
- The third group drank more than three cups of coffee, with some in the groups drank up to 25 cups a day—People who consumed more than 25 cups of coffee a day were excluded.
Although some participants drank 25 cups a day, the average intake among the highest coffee consumption group was five cups a day.
All the participants were given MRI heart scans and infrared pulse wave tests too. The researchers corrected for factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, smoking status, weight, blood pressure, diet and how much alcohol a person drinks.
“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,” told Kenneth Fung who led the data analysis at the Queen Mary University of London.
“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.”
Sure this sounds like good news, right? But don’t devour on your coffee too much as there could be other side effects associated with excessive consumption.