La Cimbali discover how regular cups of coffee may help people have cleaner arteries
A recent study by Korean researchers has shown that regularly drinking coffee may help unclog arteries that can lead to heart disease.
The study involved more than 25,000 men and women who underwent routine checks at their workplace.
The research showed that those who drank a moderate amount of coffee each day – between three to five cups – were less likely to show the early signs of heart disease on their medical scans.
The research findings reopened the debate about whether coffee is good for the heart or not! There has always been plenty of confusion regarding this topic and the benefits of coffee for the heart. In the past many studies have linked coffee consumption to the main heart risk factors, which include high cholesterol and raised blood pressure. But this latest research from South Korea is opening up the debate again!
The researchers used medical scans to look for any diseases of the arteries that supply the heart. In coronary disease the arteries become clogged up by the gradual build-up of fatty materials within their walls. Tiny deposits of calcium in the walls can be an early indication that this disease may be starting.
The results showed that none of the employees in the Korean study had outward signs of heart disease but that more than one in 10 did have visible calcium deposits.
The researchers then compared the scan results with the employees’ self-reported daily coffee consumption, taking into account other potential heart risk factors such as exercise, smoking and family history of heart problems. The final results showed that people who drank a few cups of coffee a day were less likely to have calcium deposits in their coronary arteries than people who drank more than this or no coffee at all.
More research is needed to confirm and explain the link, and particularly with men and women of different countries to consider the impact that local diets and lifestyle habits may have on the findings.
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