Feeling secretly guilty over that third or fourth cup a coffee today. Many of us resort to coffee as a morning kick start to our day, an afternoon pick me up and scarily a nightcap after dinner. But fear not, coffee drinkers take heart – literally. It is known that coffee lowers the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Now the latest is research indicating it may have a protective effect against multiple sclerosis (MS).
“We observed a significant association between high consumption of coffee and decreased risk of developing MS,” the researchers, led by Anna Hedström, a doctoral student in environmental medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden wrote in the meta-analysis study, published March 3 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
To all of us coffee lovers this is good news, the research shows that people drinking a larger amount of coffee were less likely to develop MS by a third. Individuals who drank more than 4 cups a day had a 29% lower risk of MS than those that did not drink coffee. The current meta-analysis is great due to its large sample size of 3960 without MS and an international group of participants.
For those that love science it is the antioxidant caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid that are found in coffee that may provide the protective effect of coffee for many health benefits. The high antioxidant activity in coffee lowers oxidative effects in the body.
So guilty coffee drinkers take heart. As coffee has been shown to be highly protective for the cardiovascular system. The caffeine in coffee has been shown to improve the health of blood vessels. It increases nitric oxide production which improves vascular muscle tone. Coffee does not raise blood pressure but over a longer term actually lowers blood pressure.
So coffee drinkers celebrate and enjoy all those wonderful new single source coffee beans. Thanks to passive aggressive for the cartoon.