Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 12, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, reports on a new study attempting to see if coffee could protect against heart failure.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/heart-health-articles/is-coffee-actually-good-for-your-heart), that dark-as-night food cure is back again, making rounds in medical science. It seems there is no slowing down coffee, as a new study attempted to see if it could protect against heart failure.
Health advice from the American Heart Association warns against drinking coffee habitually. But some other studies say coffee could protect against heart failure. Other studies say there is no link at all. Amidst this conflicting information, researchers wanted to take a stab at finding out how much coffee might supply this protection.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article “Is Coffee Actually Good for Your Heart?,” reports researchers discovered the following.
The research team noted that the results showed a possible benefit; but, as with so many other things we consume, it really depends on how much coffee you drink. Compared with drinking no coffee, the strongest protection was seen with about two eight-ounce cups of coffee a day. Such moderate consumption was linked with an 11% lower risk of heart failure, the article details.
Data was analyzed from five previous studies that looked at this link, comparing 140,000 people and over 6,500 heart failure events. While consumption of two U.S.-style servings of coffee a day was linked with the best protection, this protection slowly dropped as more coffee was consumed. Researchers reported that by five cups a day, the benefit disappears; at more than five cups a day, it could swing the other way and actually put you at greater risk for heart failure.
It’s unclear why moderate coffee consumption provides protection from heart failure. The study suggests the answer may lie in the intersection between regular coffee drinking and two of the strongest risk factors for heart failure—diabetes and elevated blood pressure. There is plenty of research showing that coffee drops your risk for type 2 diabetes. Thus, it concludes, it stands to reason that if you lower the risk of diabetes, you also lower the risk of heart failure.
There may also be a blood pressure benefit, the article outlines. Studies have consistently shown that coffee and caffeine consumption are known to raise blood pressure. But at the moderate range of consumption, there is a chance that it could protect against elevated blood pressure.
This study was not able to assess the strength of the coffee, nor did it look at caffeinated verses non-caffeinated coffee.
(Mostofsky, E., et al., "Habitual Coffee Consumption and Risk of Heart Failure: A Dose-Response Meta-Analysis," Circulation: Heart Failure, published online before print June 26, 2012.)
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