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Coffee Good For The Heart 2006-06-22

Posted by clype in Health.

One to three cups of coffee a day may protect people from heart disease and strokes, according to new research.

The report in ‘The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’ contradicts numerous studies suggesting that coffee is bad for you.

The new claims are based on a study of 27 000 older women, followed for 15 years, reports ‘The Daily Telegraph Newspaper’.

It found a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease by about 30 per cent in women who had a moderate intake of coffee.
The analysis, part of ‘The Iowa Women’s Health Study’, found that up to 60 per cent of anti-oxidants in the diet may come from coffee.

  • Anti-oxidants protect cells from damage and reduce the inflammation that encourages arteries to narrow.

Active parts of coffee include ‘caffeine’ and ‘polyphenols’. ‘Polyphenols’ are also found in red wine and they too have been linked to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Ms.Sarah Jarvis, of the Royal College of General Practitioners said:

‘This is a message about moderation.

‘Too much exercise, too much coffee or too much alcohol are bad. In moderation they are beneficial.’

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