Three To Five Cups Of Coffee A Day May Prevent Heart Attacks

| March 5, 2015

If you share my love for coffee and are also worried about clogged arteries and the potential risk of heart disease, then you’ll be very pleased with the results of this latest study.

An international team of researchers, led by the Kangbuk Samsung hospital in Seoul, South Korea, found that people who consumed a moderate amount of coffee daily had the least risk of coronary artery calcium (CAC) — an early indicator of coronary atherosclerosis. This hardening and narrowing of the arteries can cause blood clots that can trigger a heart attack or stroke.

Those of you who are in the know may be aware that previous studies have shown the exact opposite, linking coffee consumption to increased cholesterol concentrations and heightened blood pressure… thereby increasing the potential risk of heart disease.

However, the findings of this latest coffee study, published in the journal Heart, are supported by a recent meta-analysis of 36 studies that showed moderate coffee consumption was associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.

A possible explanation for the heart benefits of drinking coffee is that regular coffee consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, which is a strong risk factor for atherosclerosis. The Seoul researchers also said that coffee drinking might improve insulin sensitivity and the function of Beta-cells, which store and release insulin.

They added: “Our study adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that coffee consumption might be inversely associated with CVD [cardiovascular disease] risk. Further research is warranted to confirm our findings and establish the biological basis of coffee’s potential preventive effects on coronary artery disease.”

Victoria Taylor, the senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation, said: “While this study does highlight a potential link between coffee consumption and lower risk of developing clogged arteries, more research is needed to confirm these findings and understand what the reason is for the association.”

While the jury is still out on the heart benefits of drinking coffee, I can see no reason why we can’t enjoy a regular cup of Joe, especially since research has also confirmed that regular coffee consumption can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 65 per cent, lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease between 32 and 60 per cent and protect against liver cirrhosis by as much as 80 per cent.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth


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Sources:

Three to five cups of coffee a day may prevent heart attacks, says study, published online 03.03.15, theguardian.com

13 Proven Health Benefits of Coffee, published online, authoritynutrition.com

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  1. BOB BUTLER says:

    COULD THIS ALSO EXPLAIN THE FRENCH PARADOX ?

    • Editor says:

      We’re not entirely sure how you drew the parallel.

      The French, traditionally, drink a small cup of coffee with breakfast and then one after lunch. Generally it is accepted that the French Paradox has more to do with the French consumption of red wine and the fact that they don’t consume large amount of food at meal times. Their diet is also high in saturated fat and olive oil, which is proven to have heart benefits.

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