Drink a Lot of Coffee? It May Be Staving Off Heart Disease
If you love your morning coffee, here's another reason to love it more. For those who regularly drink the hot, caffeinated, irresistible beverage that is coffee, new research shows that there is a correlation between regular consumption and a reduction in the risk of heart disease.
The innumerable studies on the effect of coffee on one's health began in the 1960s. Over the decades, the results have varied about the relationship between coffee consumption and cardiovascular disease.
Researchers at the American Heart Association published a compilation of 36 studies, which analyzed over 1.2 million adults, 36,000 of whom had cardiovascular disease. The results?
Our meta-analysis suggests a nonlinear relationship between coffee consumption and CVD risk. Moderate coffee consumption was associated with lower CVD risk, with the lowest CVD risk at 3 to 5 cups per day of coffee consumption, and heavy coffee consumption was not associated with CVD risk. This nonlinear association with coffee consumption was observed for the risks of both CHD and stroke.
The 3-5 cups a day consumption level does not mean 3-5 20 oz vats of coffee each day, but actual coffee serving sizes (8 ounces).
The researchers did note that there were several limitations to their results, including varied lifestyles that could have an effect on one's health. But even with those limitations, we'll take the good news and drink up.
Are you a heavy coffee drinker? Do you think it's good for you?