Several studies show that coffee has benefits for the heart, although research also shows that coffee made in certain ways can have the greatest effects. A new study has identified a certain type of coffee for its potential to fight off cardiovascular disease. This is what an international team of researchers found out.
For a study published this month in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN (edited by the Clinical Society of European Nutrition and Metabolism), researchers from Greece and Algeria – all specializing in cardiovascular health or nutrition – first recognized that regular coffee consumption with lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
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The focus of this particular study was to examine the effects of instant coffee on the development of heart disease. To do this, the researchers collected data from 1,041 male and female participants aged 39 to 67 years (with an average age of 53.6 years). From this sample, the researchers report that 30% of the people “habitually consumed instant coffee”.
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In an initial calculation, they found that instant coffee consumers had lower systolic blood pressure. (However, after considering several factors, the research team determined that this may not have been a completely surefire thing to do.)
In addition, they discovered that instant coffee consumption was linked to carotid artery compliance (which, according to a study published in Nature in 2008, is a healthy carotid artery elasticity that serves as a marker of cardiovascular wellbeing).
In summary, the researchers of the current study report that “habitual moderate consumption of instant coffee” is associated with elasticity of the arteries – and therefore could possibly also be associated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular diseases.
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