The results of a recent study suggest that light to moderate intake of instant and decaf coffee should be considered part of a healthy lifestyle, according to Peter Kistler, head of clinical electrophysiology research at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne (Australia).
The researchers found “significant reductions” in the risk of coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure and stroke for those who drink coffee. Only ground coffee and caffeinated instant coffee reduced the risk of an irregular heartbeat, the arrhythmia. Decaf coffee did not reduce that risk, according to the study published Wednesday in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
The published article adds to the body of evidence from observational trials linking moderate coffee consumption with cardioprotection, which is promising.
As much previous research has shown, coffee is a complex substance that interacts with the body in many complex ways – ways that scientists are still trying to understand. The fact that this study covered so many people over such a long period only adds weight to the link between coffee drinking and longevity.
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