Drink it for its rich taste, for its boost of energy or to keep you wakeful and alert and get a bonus…
…this powerful beverage shoos away heart attack and stroke!
Yes, a new study reveals a shocking 40% reduction in artery plaque build-up from drinking this common beverage daily.
If you’re a coffee addict like me and want something to retaliate with when people frown at your fourth cup of coffee, here’s good news. Apparently, drinking 3 to 4 cups coffee a day helps your heart stay healthy while keeping you busy and active all day.
There was a time when coffee was thought to be bad for the heart, though many studies have proven how it is actually beneficial and can even help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
In a research study based at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in South Korea, 25,138 men and women underwent routine examination and one of these tests was to measure Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) levels, a hard deposit that is known to block arteries and induce heart attack. CAC levels are useful for determining the risk of cardiovascular problems that are otherwise difficult to diagnose.
The CAC levels of the people were compared with their coffee consumption. About 13.4 percent of all participants had detectable CAC levels and, on an average, coffee consumption was recorded as 1.8 cups a day.
It was found that those who drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day had 40 percent less CAC than those who didn’t drink coffee. Those who drank 1 to 3 cups a day had 35 percent less CAC and those who drank just 1 cup a day had 23 percent less CAC than the non-drinkers.
In another study, it was found that drinking coffee reduced the risk of developing ischemic stroke as well as hemorrhagic stroke. A regular coffee drinker achieved about 36 percent reduced risk of developing hemorrhages and consequently stroke. About 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day was found to be useful for a 23 percent reduction in the risk of death from stroke. Push this up to 5 to 6 cups of coffee a day and you get a 36 percent risk reduction!
Want more proof? A previous Greek study also affirms the bonuses of drinking this energetic brew – of the 485 people aged 65 to 100, it was found that those who drink at least 1 to 2 cups of coffee a day had the healthiest arteries. Upping the consumption to 2, 3 or more cups provides additional benefits like protection from risk of Alzheimer’s disease, liver cancer, skin cancer and ovarian cancer. However, high coffee consumption also leads to dehydration, so make sure you drink enough water with your coffee.
It’s the antioxidants in coffee that are responsible for the good effects and even though the study did not show the differences between caffeinated and decaf coffee, it can be assumed that caffeine is definitely not responsible for the benefits.
While it may not be easy or advisable to start glugging many cups of coffee a day, there is definitely no reason to stop drinking it if you already love the beverage.
Or if you need to get your cholesterol under control, click here for the step by step plan I used to clear our my 93% clogged arteries…