Coffee Helps the Heart Grow Stronger
Drinking 4 cups of coffee a day could help the heart grow stronger and repair itself from damage, study suggests
- Caffeine may boost processes which are important for repairing heart cells
- Experts say caffeine protects the hearts of ageing, obese and pre-diabetic mice
- Researchers hope their findings will improve ways of protecting people’s hearts
- They say drinking caffeine could be particularly beneficial for older and elderly people
Older people should drink 4 cups of coffee a day to protect and repair their heart muscle, research suggests.
Levels of caffeine, equivalent to drinking 4 cups of coffee, could help to protect healthy blood vessels and repair the heart after a heart attack, a study claims.
The stimulant boosts a protein known to be important in regenerating heart cells, and which could also protect them from damage.
Caffeine is thought to lower the risk for diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke, but the reasons for this are not well understood.
German researchers now think caffeine may make cells which line the arteries and veins healthier, improving their ability to resist or recover from damage.
The scientists say their findings ‘should lead to better strategies for protecting heart muscle’, and another expert called the results ‘very interesting’.
They suggest caffeine could particularly benefit older and elderly people, whose hearts may be naturally weaker and more at risk of damage.
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