Coffee has remained a controversial beverage time and again as far as its health effects are concerned. But a new study has backed drinking of moderate amounts of coffee, saying it helps in cleaning veins and arteries.
The study, which was conducted involving people from South Korea, showed drinking three to five cups of coffee a day may contribute in reducing the signs of blocked arteries.
For the research, the study group involved over 25,000 female and male workers and looked for their calcium buildups which indicate growth of plaque, resulting into heart attacks and strokes. Only those people were involved for the study as participants who showed no signs of heart disease earlier.
According to the researchers, those participants who drank the least amount of coffee witnessed a larger amount of calcium buildups which triggered plaque growth in their arteries as compared to those who consumed a moderate amount.
The researchers also made an interesting discovery that the benefits of moderate coffee drinking remained consistent through different subsectors, like drinkers, smokers, or with obesity issues.
Victoria Taylor of the British Heart Foundation said, “While this study does highlight a potential link between coffee consumption and lower risk of developing clogged arteries, more research is needed to confirm these findings and understand what the reason is for the association.”
Noting the results, Taylor said that the findings must not be generalized as people belonging to different cultures have their dietary customs and distinct lifestyle that can play crucial role in shaping their cardiovascular health.
The findings of the study were published on Monday in the medical journal Heart.