Coffee Promotion Consortium: heart-friendly coffee, new confirmations from an Italian study

Heart-friendly coffee:
new confirmations from an Italian company

Even for those suffering from cardiovascular disease, there are no contraindications to enjoying the famous drink

According to research conducted by the University of Bologna and published on The Italian Journal of Cardiology, a moderate consumption of coffee as part of a balanced lifestyle reduces the risk of the incidence of cardiovascular disease. A good habit that is also good for protecting against other ailments, such as diabetes and obesity.

It is one of the most popular beverages in the world, perhaps second only to water, so much so that science has devoted numerous studies to it to discover its secrets. And yet many fake news are still circulating on coffee today. However, it is again the evidence that refutes the prejudices: to collect and analyze the latest is a study1 ofUniversity of Bologna re-launched by the ISIC (Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee), which confirmed how coffee is a real “friend of the heart”.

According to the authors, there are many doubts that still arise among doctors today when it comes to recommending the consumption of coffee in connection with a balanced diet and lifestyle, especially in people suffering from cardiovascular disease. To dispel them, in fact, are the results of many scientific studies, which agree on the fact that the usual consumption of coffee for the presence of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and heart-protecting substances can help reduce cardiovascular riskas well as other ailments, such as diabetes mellitus, obesity and mortality of all causes.

Coffee’s protective effect on cardiovascular disease

Drinking up to 5 cups of coffee a day is not associated with an increase in the incidence of cardiovascular disease, on the contrary: a consumption between 3 and 5 cups per dayrecommended by EFSA in its scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine2, it would have a protective effect on cardiovascular risk3. In addition, drinking coffee would help reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality by 15% 4.

The allied cup against high blood pressure and arrhythmia

Moderate coffee consumption would not be related to hypertension, but would even have a protective function: a meta-analysis based on over 247,000 participants, of which more than 54,000 hypertension, showed an inverse relationship between the risk of arterial hypertension and coffee consumption, with a risk reduction of 2% for each cup consumed per day5. This benefit – specifies one of the authors of the study, Professor Claudio Borghi – is largely due to the presence in coffee of certain substances, such as vitamin E, niacin, potassium and magnesium, which have a beneficial effect on pressure control that it is integrated with antioxidant compounds , such as polyphenols, which are characterized by vasodilating properties6. He also says: “Regardingcaffeine intakefurther, the latest European guidelines for 2020 on cardiovascular diseaseimprove some evidence that shows how Regular consumption may even be associated with a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillationthe most common form of arrhythmia ”7.

It also helps reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity

There is no contraindication to coffee consumption even for two of the main causes of cardiovascular disease, such as diabetes and obesity. Several studies, in fact, attributes a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes in both decaffeinated and decaffeinated coffee8. Also the most beloved drink of Italians it would also have positive effects on individuals who are genetically predisposed to obesitywhich reduces the likelihood of developing obesity9.

As part of a healthy lifestyle“, concludes prof. villages,”Therefore, there is no scientific reason to advise against eating coffee in people suffering from cardiovascular disease: drinking from 3 to 5 cups every day actually not only has no negative effects on health, but also helps reduce the incidence and complications of these pathologies and reduce the risk of serious complications that also improve the quality of life“.

Bibliographic references

  1. C Borghi & A Bragagni, 2022. New evidence of coffee consumption, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, G Ital Cardiol (Rom), volume 23 (5).
  2. EFSA (2015) scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine, EFSA Journal13 (5): 4102.
  3. Ding M, Bhupathiraju SN, Satija A, Van Dam RM, Hu FB. Long-term consumption of coffee and risk of cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and a dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Circulation 2014; 129: 643-59.
  4. Grosso G, Micek A, Godos J, et al. Coffee consumption and risk of mortality of all causes, cardiovascular and cancer in smokers and non-smokers: a dose-response meta-analysis. Eur J Epidemiol 2016; 31: 1191-205.
  5. Xie C, Cui L, Zhu J, Wang K, Sun N, Sun C. Coffee consumption and risk of hypertension: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of cohort studies. J Hum Hypertens 2018; 32: 83-93.
  6. Godos J, Pluchinotta FR, Marventano S, et al. Coffee components and cardiovascular risk: beneficial and harmful effects. Int J Food Sci Nutr 2014; 65: 925-36.
  7. Hindricks G, Potpara T, Dagres N, et al. 2020 ESC guidelines for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation developed in collaboration with the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS): the working group for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation in the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Developed with the special contribution from the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) by ESC. Eur Heart J 2021; 42: 373-498.
  8. of Dam RM, Hu FB, Willett WC. Coffee, caffeine and health. N Engl J Med 2020; 383: 369-78.
  9. Cuckoo scene BB, Sanlier N. Coffee consumption and disease correlations. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2019; 59: 336-48.

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