Only a coffee lover can describe what a caffeine-infused drink can do to refresh the mind, body and soul. Coffee can uplift glum mood and inject energy in a dispirited body. Caffeine is universally famed for its highly stimulating properties and is found naturally in tea and coffee. On an especially gloomy day, we can happily glug one cup of coffee after another to keep us going through the entire day. But, do we ever consider how much coffee is too much? For the first time, a veritable cap has been put on safe coffee consumption. A recent research claims that having six or more cups of coffee per day can negatively impact general health and can take up the risk of heart-related issues by as much as 22%.
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The study that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that one in six people is affected by cardiovascular disease in Australia. One person dies from the disease every 12 minutes! The fact was supported by The World Health Organization, which claimed that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death, yet one of the most preventable ones.
Dr Ang Zhou and Elina Hypponen, researchers at the Australian Centre for Precision Health, examined the relationship between excessive coffee consumption and heart disease and came up with the limit after which, drinking coffee can shoot up blood pressure that can lead to cardiovascular problems.
Eline Hypponnen remarked, "Coffee is the most commonly consumed stimulant in the world - it wakes us up, boosts our energy and helps us focus - but people are always asking 'How much caffeine is too much? Most people would agree that if you drink a lot of coffee, you might feel jittery, irritable or perhaps even nauseous - that's because the caffeine helps your body work faster and harder, but it is also likely to suggest that you may have reached your limit for the time being," Hypponen further added, "We also know that risk of cardiovascular disease increases with high blood pressure, a known consequence of excess caffeine consumption."
On the basis of the findings of the study, Hyponnen suggests limiting the intake of coffee to six cups every day. "Knowing the limits of what's good for you and what's not is imperative. As with many things, it's all about moderation; overindulge and your health will pay for it."