It is common for people to strive off a cup or two of coffee in the morning to prevent them from falling asleep on their desk at work. Is it possible that this delicious cup that provides energy is eligible of causing Hypertension? Possibly. To explain, hypertension is a condition in which one’s blood pressure is abnormally high which can ultimately lead to heart disease or stroke. Caffeine, the main ingredient in coffee that gives us that energy boost, can cause a short, but dramatic increase in your blood pressure. If you have any concerns in regards to your blood pressure, our team at Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, located in Mineola, is happy to assess your concerns and will provide you with information on how to prevent hypertension.
According to the Singapore Chinese Health Study, where they observed the relationship between coffee and tea consumption and hypertension, they discovered a result of an inverse U-shaped association between coffee intake and risk of hypertension. Compared to drinking 1 cup per day, drinking coffee less frequently had a direct relationship with decreased risk of hypertension. Similarly, the risk of hypertension was decreased in those who drank 3 or more cups of coffee each day. Based on this study you should, “either stop drinking coffee or start drinking a whole lot more.”
These findings may be odd, but the facts are there. Coffee contains chlorogenic acid, a major polyphenol, which may account for the blood pressure-lowering action of coffee when taken in large doses. Coffee is also a rich source of potassium which has a blood pressure-lowering effect in humans, so when large amounts of coffee are taken each day it can counteract the caffeine effects of increasing blood pressure.
If you are concerned about your blood pressure, risk of hypertension, or are an avid coffee drinker, contact the Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island in Mineola today. Dr. Druz and our staff offer expert care to help our patients with their cardiovascular health. We look forward to speaking with you!