It’s hard to find a drink that affects so many people in different ways like coffee.
For some guys, they can drink as much as they want with no negative effects at all.
However, I have a friend who physically feels his blood pressure spike halfway through his first cup.
It’s a hard question to answer when you compare individuals, but with a large enough sample size, we can get a big picture look at the effects of coffee.
That’s exactly what a study from Australia’s Baker Heart Institute set out to find. [R]
Specifically, they were looking for links between coffee consumption and heart health.
They examined coffee-drinking behaviours of 382,535 individuals without heart disease and followed up 10 years later.
The results showed, to the surprise of many, that those who drank 2-3 cups of coffee a day had a 10-15% lower risk of developing heart disease compared to those who drank less.
This especially surprised those who held the belief that coffee is dangerous for the heart.
Turns out, this belief was never rooted in evidence.
The worry comes from seeing that coffee increases heart rate.
But of course, that doesn’t mean much in and of itself.
After all, many things increase heart rate, including beneficial activities like exercise.
Anyway, there’s a good reason we’re seeing these benefits from coffee.
It turns out that coffee beans have over a hundred biologically active compounds.
Here’s what one of the researchers, Dr. Peter M. Kistler, had to say:
“These substances can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity, boost metabolism, inhibit the gut’s absorption of fat and block receptors known to be involved with abnormal heart rhythms.”
Of course, we’re talking about real coffee here.
Not the sugary nonsense.
But I don’t think that should be an issue with anyone around here reading this.
In fact, I’m about to go make myself my second cup as I’m writing this.