Drinking coffee 'lowers heart failure risk'

3 July 2012

A person's risk of suffering heart failure is significantly reduced if they regular drink coffee, a new report suggests.

At the same time a new study shows that drinking coffee can lower a person's risk of developing skin cancer, experts in Boston now claim that the beverage is linked to a reduction in heart failure risk.

Dr Murray Mittleman, senior study author and director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, explained that while there is a commonly held belief that regular coffee consumption may be dangerous to heart health, our research suggests that the opposite may be true.

"We found that moderate consumption - which we define as the equivalent of about two typical coffee shop beverages - may actually protect against heart failure by as much as 11 per cent," he added.

Dr Mittleman said that excessive coffee drinking, such as five to six commercial coffee shop cups per day, also has no benefit and may even be dangerous, so moderation is the key.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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