According to research conducted by the University of Bologna and published on Italian Journal of Cardiologymoderate consumption of coffee within the framework of a balanced lifestyle, it 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 prejudice: collecting and analyzing the latest is a study1 of the University of Bologna re-launched by the ISIC (Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee), which confirmed that coffee is a real “.close friend“.
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 that the regular consumption of coffee, due to the presence of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and heart-protecting substances, can help reduce cardiovascular risk, as well as other disorders, such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, and all cause mortality.
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 of between 3 and 5 cups a day, recommended by EFSA in its scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine, would have a protective effect on cardiovascular risk3. In addition, drinking coffee would help reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality by 15%.
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, including more than 54,000 hypertension, showed an inverse relationship between the risk of arterial hypertension and coffee consumption, with 2% risk reduction for each cup consumed per day. This advantage – specifies one of the authors of the study, prof Claudio Borghi – it 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 integrated with antioxidant compounds, such as polyphenols, which are characterized by vasodilating properties. He also specifies: “In terms of caffeine intake, in addition, the latest European guidelines from 2020 on cardiovascular disease reinforce some evidence that habitual consumption may even be associated with a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, the most common form of arrhythmia.“.
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. In fact, several studies attribute a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes to both decaffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. In addition, the drink that Italians loved the most would also have positive effects on individuals who are genetically predisposed to obesity, reducing 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 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“.