More Coffee = Decreased Heart Failure Risk
Coffee lovers, rejoice!!
At least three heart disease studies suggest that drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee per day might reduce the risk of heart failure to a great extent.
Coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke are some of the leading causes of death from heart diseases around the world. While age, smoking, and high blood pressure remain some of the most common heart disease risk factors, some risk factors are unidentified.
Due to the increasing popularity and frequency of consumption of coffee around the world, the benefits and risks of drinking coffee have been topics of multiple ongoing scientific interests. For the above-mentioned studies, researchers analyzed the outcomes of drinking caffeinated coffee by categorizing consumptions as 0,1,2 and 3 cups per day. The revealing of the analysis are as follows:
- In all of the three studies, people who consumed one or more cups of caffeinated coffee experienced a decreased long-term heart failure risk.
- In one of the studies, the risk of heart failure decreased by 5-12 percent per cup per day of coffee over decades, as compared to no coffee consumption.
- In another study, the differences were not so significant for people who drank 0 or 1 cup of coffee per day. However, people who consumed at least 2 cups of coffee per day enjoyed a 30 percent lower risk of heart failure.
- Decaffeinated coffee was also taken into account, and the results were quite surprising. According to one of the studies, drinking decaffeinated coffee had the opposite effect of caffeinated coffee – it increased the risk of heart failure.
The association between caffeine and reduction in risk has surprised the researchers. Coffee and caffeine were often considered to be ‘bad’ for the heart. However, according to the federal dietary guidelines, three to five 8-ounce cups of coffee per day can be a part of a healthy diet, only if it is plain black coffee. Popular coffee-based drinks like lattes and macchiatos can cause adverse effects.
Further research is necessary to establish evidence that caffeinated coffee can reduce heart failure risk. Till then, there is no need to increase consumption. However, one or two cups a day can surely help you relax and might keep your heart at bay from failure risks.