Can coffee help cut the risk of heart attacks?

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Here at Rijo42, we’re always keen to hear more about the health benefits of our favourite drink, coffee. Now, new research indicates that drinking a moderate amount a day can help to reduce clogged arteries, leading to a reduced risk of heart attacks.

The study was carried out in Korea by the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, and followed a group of more than 25,000 men and women who were aged on average around 41 and were currently showing no signs of heart disease. The group was split into five sections based on their daily coffee consumption. The sections were: none, less than one cup a day, between one and three cups a day, between three and five cups a day and more than five cups a day.

On average, each person in the group drank 1.8 cups a day while the amount of CAC (the ‘coronary artery calcium’ which indicates coronary cardiovascular disease) was 13.4 per cent across all the test subjects. At the end of the study, the calcium ratios broke down as follows for each test section:

  • None to less than one cup a day: 0.77 percent
  • One to three cups a day: 0.66 per cent
  • Three to five cups a day: 0.59 per cent
  • At least five cups a day: 0.81 per cent

The study appears to show a clear relationship between drinking a moderate amount of coffee and a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, but the report’s authors say that more research is needed to confirm their findings.

An expert dietitian at the British Heart Foundation agreed that while the initial results look promising, they do need to be confirmed by additional research. She also pointed out that the South Korean population have a different lifestyle and diet so results may not translate globally.

At Rijo42, we’re proud to supply a range of top quality coffee beans for all home and commercial use, and a percentage of the sale price of our Rijo42 house blends goes back to Rijo Promises. We also supply all you need for your coffee business, cafe, restaurant or reception area, including commercial coffee machines, home coffee machines and accessories – just visit www.rijo42.co.uk to find out more.

 

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