Coffee Health Benefits: Study Debunks Claim That More Cups Damage Heart

There is a new reason to love coffee in the morning or any time of the day. A new study suggests that drinking a number of cups a day is actually not that bad for the body. 

Previous research claimed that high consumption of coffee could lead to higher risk of having heart problems. However, the latest study, presented at the recent British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester, highlights the lack of evidence to prove the bad effects of coffee. 

The researchers from Queen Mary University of London found that even those people who enjoy up to 25 cups of coffee a day have low risks of having heart problems. Their findings debunked the claim that coffee could cause stiffer arteries, a condition that may lead to a heart attack or stroke.

"Despite the huge popularity of coffee worldwide, different reports could put people off from enjoying it,” Kenneth Fung, one of the researchers at Queen Mary University, said in a statement. “Our research indicates coffee isn't as bad for the arteries as previous studies would suggest.”

The findings come from the analysis of the health of more than 8,000 people in the United Kingdom. Fung’s team divided the participants into three groups, separating those who drink less than one cup a day, between one and three cups and those who drink more than three. Another small group of people who consumed more than 25 cups of coffee a day were also included.

Results showed that no increased stiffening of arteries appeared in both moderate and heavy coffee drinkers. The team then considered other factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, smoking status, height, weight, alcohol intake and high blood pressure, which could potentially contribute to development of heart problems. 

"Understanding the impact that coffee has on our heart and circulatory system is something that researchers and the media have had brewing for some time,” Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said. "There are several conflicting studies saying different things about coffee, and it can be difficult to filter what we should believe and what we shouldn't.”

Avkiran hopes the study would help change how people look at coffee as their findings rule out one of the potential bad effects of coffee to the heart. The researchers aim to focus on heavy coffee drinkers in the future to further understand the effects of too much coffee. 

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