Coffee has a number of benefits, ranging from boosting our energy levels and assisting us in remaining alert to speeding our digestion and possibly protecting us against diabetes.
Additionally, if your passion for coffee is strong, there is another reason to continue drinking it: it has been linked to improved heart health and increased longevity in recent studies.
Scientists from the American College of Cardiology conducted the research and presented their findings at the American College of Cardiology’s 71st Annual Scientific Session.
The researchers discovered that drinking two to three cups of coffee daily resulted in the greatest health benefits. These findings were consistent across all participants, including those with and without coronary artery disease.
These are the largest studies to date examining coffee’s potential role in heart disease and death, providing reassurance that the brew may actually protect the heart, rather than cause or worsen it, they said.
Peter Kistler, senior author and head of arrhythmia research at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital and Baker Heart Institute, explains: “Due to the fact that coffee can increase heart rate, some people fear that drinking it will cause or exacerbate certain heart problems. This is where general medical advice to abstain from coffee consumption may originate.”
He continued: However, our data suggest that daily coffee consumption should not be discouraged, but rather included as part of a heart-healthy diet for both men and women.
The participants’ average age was 57 years.
Kistler and his colleagues conducted the study using data from the UK BioBank, a large-scale biomedical database that tracks the health of more than half a million people over a 10-year period.