Coffee comes as a relief when we are feeling low or lethargic. The stimulating properties of caffeine in coffee instantly lift up our mood and senses. We all are well-versed with this magical power of coffee, but there's another significant advantage of drinking coffee, we all probably didn't know of. If the results of a recent study are to be believed, coffee also carries the potential of limiting the risk of developing a major cardiovascular-related issue - MetS (metabolic syndrome). According to the study, MetS is known for affecting more than one billion people across the globe.
MetS (metabolic syndrome) increases the risk of cardiovascular problems, including coronary heart disease and stroke. The report from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) is titled ‘'Coffee and Metabolic Syndrome: A review of the latest research'. It lays down the major findings of the research discussed at a satellite symposium hosted by ISIC at the 13th European Nutrition Conference organised by the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) in Dublin, Ireland.
Assistant Professor Giuseppe Grosso reviewed his own scientific research on the association between coffee consumption and MetS in Polish and Italian cohorts and explored the potential mechanistic perspectives behind the inverse association. The study revealed that coffee contains a compound called
Polyphenols, that may be involved in the inverse association mentioned above, specifically phenolic acids and flavonoids.
The study also warns against over consumption of coffee. It suggests that moderate coffee consumption (1-4 cups a day) could be linked with a reduction of MetS, eventually reducing the risk of heart diseases, cancer, all-cause mortality, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.
The study concludes that the positive effects of drinking coffee in moderation can be seen in both men and women. Also, both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee may be associated with the reduced risk of metabolic syndrome.