Good news for those who can’t function without their morning latte – a new study has found that daily coffees are linked to lower risks of clogged arteries.
A South Korean study analysed 25,100 men and women and found that those who drank between three and five cups of coffee a day had the lowest levels of coronary artery calcium (CAC), which measures the level of clogged arteries and consequently, your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
On the other end of the spectrum, levels were highest among people who had less than one or more than five cups daily. Both results proved consistent regardless of other external facts, including age, gender, smoking status, body fat, alcohol consumption or blood pressure.
However researchers did caution that the results “were based on a sample of relatively healthy, young middle-aged, educated Koreans, and might not be generalisable to other populations.”
Coffee has been getting a good wrap in the media of late; while research surrounding the health effects of caffeine consumption has been historically conflicting, this heart-healthy news is the latest in a string of positive research linking caffeine consumption to lower risks of everything from Parkinson’s and Alzheimers to melanoma and multiple sclerosis.
So go on, have your coffee and drink it too.