Coffee could be key to long life
By QMI Agency
Moderate coffee intake -- only 25-50 ml per day -- could be the key to reduced blood pressure and preventing heart disease, a new study has found.
But whether it was the coffee, or the simple act of taking time to relax and enjoy life for a few minutes every day, remains unclear.
The study was discussed at the European Society of Cardiology in Stockholm this week.
The study examined 485 people with high blood pressure in the Greek Isles, the U.K. Daily Mail reported, to see if the deeply embedded tradition of drinking coffee might be impacting blood pressure and heart disease.
"The 56% who were moderate coffee drinkers, consuming between one and two cups a day, had the best arterial health," the newspaper reported, but cautioned that researchers also found that drinking large amounts of coffee could cancel out that effect.
But whether the moderate coffee drinkers were healthier because of the coffee, or because they were more likely to take the time out of their day to sit back and enjoy the beverage and thus less stressed, was impossible to determine.