Wake up and smell the coffee — and keep drinking all day.
Guzzling coffee, even as much as 25 cups a day, appears to be safe for your heart, according to new research published Monday that dismisses previous warnings that a cup of joe could stiffen arteries.
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London, who analyzed more than 8,000 people in the UK, claim that even those with heavy java habits show no worse effects on arteries than those not even drinking a full cup.
“Despite the huge popularity of coffee worldwide, different reports could put people off from enjoying it,” said Dr. Kenneth Fung, who led the data analysis for the research. “Our research indicates coffee isn’t as bad for the arteries as previous studies would suggest.”
The research participants were divided into three groups depending on coffee consumption. Fung admitted that the average in the heavy-drinkers group of the study was five cups a day, nowhere near the max of 25.
“We would like to study these people more closely in our future work so that we can help to advise safe limits,” he said.
The study, funded by the British Heart Foundation, will be presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference, which starts Monday in Manchester.
“Understanding the impact that coffee has on our heart and circulatory system is something that researchers and the media have had brewing for some time,” quipped the foundation’s associate medical director Metin Avkiran. “This research will hopefully put some of the media reports in perspective, as it rules out one of the potential detrimental effects of coffee on our arteries.”
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