Study Suggest Drinking Four Cups Of Coffee Is Actually Really Good For Your Health
That venti extra hot vanilla latte with sprinkles every morning may be pretty much draining your entire bank account, but it might actually be doing wonders for your health.
German researchers have suggested that drinking four cups of tasty coffee a day can help to protect and repair heart muscles, especially in older people.
According to the study published in PLOS Biology, the caffeine in four cups of the good stuff may actually help protect blood vessels.
It also claims to have found evidence that it can help repair the damage caused by a heart attack.
Caffeine can reportedly boost a protein that helps to regenerate heart cells and protect them from damage, known as p27.
While it is not exactly clear why, scientific evidence also points towards caffeine lowering the risk of strokes, heart disease, and type two diabetes.
But this new study claims that caffeine may help improve the cells which line arteries and veins healthier, meaning they are able to protect or recover from damage.
The research, tested on mice, suggests that drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks has the most health benefits for the elderly.
Study author, Professor Judith Haendeler, said: "Our results indicate a new mode of action for caffeine, one that promotes protection and repair of heart muscle through the action of mitochondrial p27."
"These results should lead to better strategies for protecting heart muscle from damage, including consideration of coffee consumption or caffeine as an additional dietary factor in the elderly population.
"Furthermore, enhancing mitochondrial p27 could serve as a potential therapeutic strategy not only in cardiovascular diseases but also in improving healthspan."
The study has been branded 'interesting' by other researchers, although they have stressed that you probably should not start upping your intake of caffeine any time soon for your health.
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