KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — Coffee does not hurt the heart, a new research found as it dismissed previous studies that excessive caffeine consumption can cause arteries to stiffen.
The Telegraph reported that the study by scientists from Queen Mary University of London found that drinking five cups a day, and even up to 25, did not stiffen arteries any more than drinking less than a cup a day.
Previous studies reportedly showed that coffee stiffened arteries, putting pressure on the heart and boosting the likelihood of a stroke or heart attack.
“Whilst we can’t prove a causal link in this study, our research indicates coffee isn’t as bad for the arteries as previous studies would suggest,” Dr Kenneth Fung from Queen Mary was quoted saying.
“Although our study included individuals who drink up to 25 cups a day, the average intake amongst the highest coffee consumption group was five cups a day. We would like to study these people more closely in our future work so that we can help to advise safe limits.”
More than 8,000 people across the UK reportedly participated in the study.