Health Care

Drinking up to 25 coffees a day 'not bad for your heart'

"There are several conflicting studies saying different things about coffee, and it can be hard to filter what we should believe and what we shouldn't", said Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation.

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London, who analyzed more than 8,000 people in the United Kingdom, claim that even those with heavy java habits show no worse effects on arteries than those not even drinking a full cup.

Based on their consumption levels, participants were split into three groups: those who drank less than one cup a day, those who drank between one and three, and those who drank three or more.

"Despite the huge popularity of coffee worldwide, different reports could put people off from enjoying it". In particular, people have anxious that imbibing several daily doses of caffeine could be hurting their arteries and hearts.

Over 8,000 people in the United Kingdom took part in the study, which looked to test theories that drinking coffee could make arteries more stiff, making the heart work harder and increasing the odds of a heart attack or stroke.

Experts from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) divided 8,412 people into three groups for the study. "There are several conflicting studies saying different things about coffee, and it can be hard to filter what we should believe and what we shouldn't".

Professor Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, which helped fund the study, admitted that "there are several conflicting studies saying different things about coffee, and it can be hard to filter what we should believe and what we shouldn't".

Although some participants in the study drank 25 cups a day, the average intake among the highest coffee consumption group was five cups a day.

In 2001, the European Society of Cardiology was told the first cup of coffee of the day may damage arteries, with experts warning it could lead to systolic hypertension, a blood pressure condition common among the elderly. Reviews of the evidence conclude that it's safe to drink up to 400mg of caffeine a day, or about three or four cups.

To confirm their findings, the researchers took factors that can affect the arteries into account, including age, sex, ethnicity, smoking, height, weight, alcohol consumption, diet and high blood pressure. David DiSalvo at Forbes reports that in recent years studies have found that drinking coffee was associated with lower mortality, healthier livers, protection against diabetes and dementia as well as improved memory.

Still, scientists are pouring over the details to figure out how it all works.

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