- Adding an extra cup a week can decrease the risk of stroke by eight percent and heart failure by seven percent, a new study shows
- The research found that the more you consume, the lower the risk of developing those conditions become
- Machine-led analysis was done by the University of Colorado and compared to two previous studies
- ‘The association between drinking coffee and a decreased risk of heart failure and stroke was consistently noted in all three studies,’ a researcher said
Everyone can decrease their risk of stroke and heart failure just by drinking an extra cup of coffee a week, according to new research.
A study found that with every cup, the addictive beverage lowers the risk of stroke by eight percent and heart failure by seven percent.
Adding just one extra cup of coffee a week may be enough to reduce the risk, and the research published by the American Heart Association found no limit to how much you can consume.
This study adds to the growing body of evidence that the drink has valuable health benefits, as previous research has found it to fight certain cancers, relieve headaches, help lose weight and make you live longer.
Adding an extra cup a week can decrease the risk of stroke by eight percent and heart failure by seven percent, new research from the University of Colorado shows
HOW IS COFFEE GOOD FOR YOU?
- Drinking three coffees a day could help you live longer, research has found
- Drinking four cups of coffee a day almost halves the risk of deadly mouth cancer
- Research found that those who had a cup of coffee one hour before a work-out could exercise for longer
- Coffee helps you lose weight because it contains several substances that can affect your metabolism
- It is a natural painkiller, especially espresso
- It helps headaches. The combination of aspirin and caffeine has been found to relieve pain better than aspirin alone
- Research has demonstrated that coffee drinking may help reduce cognitive decline and dementia
- Drinking more coffee may help stave off liver cancer, a study found
Researchers used a machine to analyze data from the long-running Framlingham Heart study, which has investigated heart disease for more than 60 years.
The analysis by the University of Colorado was then compared with two other traditional studies to get the overall trend. Those studies were the Cardiovascular Heart Study and the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study.
Laura Stevens, first author of the study, said: ‘The association between drinking coffee and a decreased risk of heart failure and stroke was consistently noted in all three studies.’
Though the high caffeine content has stirred health concerns around coffee, the overwhelming amount of antioxidants in the drink has been linked to a number of health benefits including protecting against cancers.
The disease-fighting antioxidant levels may be essential in reducing the risk for stroke and heart failure.
Machine learning works by finding associations within data, ‘much in the same way that online shopping sites predict products you may like based on your shopping history, and is one type of big data analysis,’ Stevens said.
While many risk factors for heart failure and stroke are well known, the researchers believe there are still unidentified risk factors.
The researchers suggest that machine learning could help identify additional risk factors to improve existing risk assessments that are not 100 percent accurate.
The machine result also pointed to red meat reducing the risk of heart failure and stroke, but due to differing definitions of red meat, they couldn’t draw the same conclusion as coffee across all three studies.
A press release stressed that this type of study demonstrates an observed association, but does not prove cause and effect.
But researchers are still behind this learning technology.
Senior author Professor David Kao said: ‘Machine learning may be a useful addition to the way we look at data and help us find new ways to lower the risk of heart failure and strokes.’
The research was presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, in California.
Up to 400milligrams of caffeine a day or four cups of coffee is the suggested amount for adults.
While pregnant women are suggested to have only 200milligrams of caffeine or two cups of coffee. The same advice goes for women who are breastfeeding as caffeine can be transferred to baby via breast milk.