Hi All the coffee lovers and haters too…..
Coffee, today, is one of the most loved beverages. According to statistics, around 8.6 billion kg of coffee is consumed annually. If you are a coffee drinker, you might know quite well that its aroma alone is enough to tempt you. This increasing trend is boosting the rise of many coffee brands.
Although there have been arguments regarding whether coffee consumption is good or bad for our health. Some people say that caffeine that is present in coffee can block a hormone that widens our arteries and others say that it may cause our adrenal glands to release more adrenaline that can increase our blood pressure.
Today, let us discuss, “Does Coffee Sway Blood Pressure!”
Researchers suggest that drinking coffee can have a physiological effect of wakefulness. A small dose can increase our blood pressure for a short time. A research showed that consumption of 1.5-2 cups of coffee can result in an average increase of 8 mm Hg in systolic and 6 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure. Interestingly, regular consumption of coffee can make you habitual and may not affect our blood pressure.
Long term effects of coffee on blood pressure
The consumption of coffee regularly does not affect our blood pressure. Research shows that daily consumption of coffee by the people with high blood pressure, has no effect on their blood pressure or overall risk of heart disease. Infact, there may be some benefits. For healthy people, drinking 3-5 cups of coffee daily can reduce the risk of heart disease by 15% and a lower risk of premature death. Coffee contains a number of bioactive compounds that have strong antioxidant effects and may reduce bodily oxidative stress. More research is still required to find out the long term effects on human health. Now, it looks perfectly safe and useful to consume.
Should you consume coffee if you have high blood pressure?
For the majority of people, even if they have been previously diagnosed with high blood pressure, moderate coffee consumption is unlikely to have a significant impact. Infact, the opposite may be true. Some of the bioactive compounds may be good for health, including reduction in oxidative stress and inflammation. As it is rightly said, excess of everything is bad-coffee being no exception, thus, excessive exposure to caffeine is ill-advised. It is always required to keep a balance in our life and dietary habits. If you don’t drink coffee regularly, then you should wait for your blood pressure to become normal before consuming it, as it may increase blood pressure in the short term. Regular physical exercise along with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables promote a healthy blood pressure and heart health. Focussing on a healthy lifestyle like this is better than just being concerned about our coffee intake.
How to check if Coffee sway your Blood Pressure!
To check if there is an effect of caffeine on blood pressure, follow these steps.
- Check your blood pressure before drinking coffee
- Drink Coffee.
- Recheck after 30-120 minutes.
- If blood pressure increase by 5-10 points, you may be sensitive towards the effects of caffeine.
- If you cut down coffee from your routine, do so slowly over a few days to avoid withdrawal headaches.
Knowing the limits of what’s good and what not is imperative. As for many things its all about moderation; overindulgence which may lead to your health to pay for it.
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