You can now feel less guilty about that cup of coffee that’s currently in your hand.
First we told you about a report in the U.S., now it’s time to head over to Korea for further proof that your morning cup should be followed by a few more.
According to a recent study, caffeine drinkers have clearer arteries. This, of course, means that they also have healthier hearts.
Which we could have told you just by the way ours pounds with every cup.
Korean researchers studied over 25,000 employees who underwent routine health checks in their workplaces. The employees – who were an average age of 41 – were also surveyed in detail regarding their eating habits.
Researchers assessed the presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) in the arteries. Higher amounts of the chemical element can indicate coronary atherosclerosis, which happens when the arteries become clogged, narrowed, and hardened by fatty components.
And we shouldn’t have to tell you that clogged arteries can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
The findings revealed that the lowest amounts of calcium deposits were detected in employees who had three to five cups of coffee a day. Those who downed one to three cups per day had the second clearest arteries. Meanwhile, the highest levels of calcium were found in those who don’t drink coffee at all, or drank less than one cup a day.
Factors like levels of education and physical activity, alcohol and cigarette consumption, BMI (body mass index), family history of heart disease, and diet were all taken into account as well.
And still, coffee drinkers had the healthiest hearts.
So go ahead and take another coffee break – it’s literally killing you not to…