Researchers from Alfred Hospital and the Baker Institute have released new findings that suggest drinking multiple cups of coffee a day could provide a range of health benefits.
The Melbourne based cardiologists have done extensive investigations in which they found two to three cups of coffee a day could help people live longer. Other findings indicate that daily coffee consumption could help to reduce the risk of heart disease while also helping to regulate heart rhythms.
Two separate studies were conducted over 10 years with the first study analysing data from over 380,000 people without a known heart disease to discover whether coffee would increase their chances of heart disease or a stroke. It was discovered that multiple cups of coffee a day actually decreased the risk of heart issues by 10-15 per cent.
The second study looked at data from over 34,000 people who had a known heart disease where it was determined that people who drank coffee daily were 20 per cent less likely to die than someone who doesn’t drink coffee. According to Professor and head of arrhythmia research at Alfred Hospital and the Baker Institute Dr Peter M. Kistler these findings offer a new insight into coffee drinking.
“Because coffee can quicken heart rate, some people worry that drinking it could trigger or worsen certain heart issues,” he said.
“This is where general medical advice to stop drinking coffee may come from,
“But our data suggest that daily coffee intake shouldn’t be discouraged, but rather included as a part of a healthy diet for people with and without heart disease.”
Dr Kistler went on to say that there are a range of other benefits attributed with coffee including inflammation reduction, a boost in metabolism as well as an improvement in insulin sensitivity. However, it was noted by Dr Kistler that people shouldn’t increase their coffee consumption if it makes them anxious.
Previous studies by the American Psychiatric Association have recognised that coffee can lead to caffeine-induced anxiety disorder because of the way it can interfere with daily function. Symptoms of this disorder can include nausea, headaches, restlessness, insomnia, and anxiety.