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Just one cup of coffee can lower blood pressure: ‘The results are clear’

High blood pressure or hypertension sets the stage for serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Therefore, it is extremely important to keep reading within a healthy range. Fortunately, according to a new study, a popular hot drink can help.

Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or prefer quick, cheap drinks, coffee has more to offer than a boost of energy and a pleasant taste.

A new study published in the journal Nutrients suggests that coffee drinkers tend to have lower blood pressure.

What’s more, these cardiovascular benefits can be achieved by drinking just one cup of coffee a day.

Arrigo Cicero, one of the researchers, said: “The results are very clear. Peripheral blood pressure was significantly lower in people who consumed one to three cups of coffee per day than in those who did not drink coffee.

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“We know that caffeine can increase blood pressure, but the other biologically active components of coffee seem to balance this effect with a positive end result in terms of blood pressure levels.”

A team from the University of Bologna and the University Hospital of Bologna examined 720 men and 783 women from the Brisigella Heart Study.

The researchers compared blood pressure levels with participants’ coffee intake.

The cohort included 220 non-coffee drinkers, 406 who drank one cup of coffee per day, and 726 participants who drank two cups of coffee per day.

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In addition, about 99 volunteers drank three cups, while 52 drank more each day.

The results of the study showed that systolic blood pressure (SBP) – a higher value – “tends to decrease” with the number of cups drunk.

However, those who drank one cup of coffee a day had, on average, slightly lower blood pressure than those who did not drink coffee.

This decline also affected those who drank two and three cups of coffee.

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While the popular hot drink has been associated with some interesting benefits, the researchers identified some limitations of the study.

The team acknowledged that coffee consumption was self-reported, so the volunteers may have underreported some of the data, which limited the results.

In addition, the dataset was evaluated without detailing the roast used, preparation methods, or consumption of the black or milk beverage.

Previous research hasn’t been as kind to the popular drink, suggesting that coffee may indeed raise blood pressure.

In fact, a study published in the journal Nutrients found that drinking coffee can lead to an “acute” increase in blood pressure.

Between two and three cups of the black drink, both systolic and diastolic blood pressure increased in the participants.

The NHS also explains that anything in excess of four cups of coffee a day can raise hypertension rates.

The European Food Safety Authority states that a daily intake of 400mg of caffeine should be sufficient for most adults.

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