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After the morning ritual of measuring pressure and drinking a cup of coffee, listening to my mother in law and father in law are debating whether it is coffee bad for blood pressure. "Even if it's bad, - says the father in law - I can not give up," while in-law certainly adds: "Oh, not bad!" Indeed, how many coffee drinkers are ready to reject it, even because of the risk of high blood pressure? Coffee is one on the most popular drinks in the world.
The main ingredient in coffee is caffeine, which is a mild stimulant. Caffeine is naturally present in many types of nuts and berries as well as in the leaves of some plants.
Caffeine consumed by people of many cultures of the world in various forms, most often - in the form of tea or coffee. Because of the high caffeine content in coffee, for many years it has been the subject of scientific research the results that are controversial. While some studies show that coffee does not cause increased blood pressure nor the risk of heart attack or stroke, other research suggests the opposite.
Coffee is a very mild stimulant
Stimulants, by definition, increase the activity of the central nervous system and therefore improve our alertness, concentration and attention. However, such increased activity of the nervous system can cause constriction (narrowing) of blood vessels, causing blood pressure to rise and changing the amount of blood that passes through the heart. Danger of strong stimulants such as cocaine consists precisely in the fact that they directly affect the condition of blood vessels and heart. Research shows that caffeine actually acts as a mild stimulant and can cause constriction of blood vessels, which results in increased blood pressure.
But caffeine is a mild stimulant. According to research consuming 1-2 cups of coffee increases blood pressure only slight 5 mm. In addition, such action is not a permanent coffee and passes after a few hours. This is because unlike cigarettes or alcohol, caffeine does not remain in the body. Many people who regularly drink coffee develop a tolerance to it and did not experience a change of pressure, even after a few cups of coffee.
"Caffeine is a mild stimulant that is quickly eliminated from the body. The coffee does not cause heart disease and blood vessels and found no association between coffee consumption and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke." It is believed that for most people quite safe to drink 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day, which is equivalent to 400 mg of caffeine. Pregnant women should not take more than 300 mg of caffeine a day.
Coffee and cigarettes - a bad combination!
Although coffee itself is very mild stimulant, in combination with cigarettes it may raise the blood pressure of more than 10 mm Hg within a few hours. Add to that the stressful situations at work - high pressure's almost guaranteed!
New research: coffee and stress hormones
Research at Duke University Medical Center have shown that coffee consumption seriously increases the secretion of stress hormones - adrenaline and noradrenaline. These two hormones play an important role in our lives - helping you to quickly and adequately react in an emergency. But when these two hormones are released continuously, it can harm our health, for example, cause diseases of the blood vessels and weaken immunity. "Drinking coffee increases alertness and attention, but at the same time forcing our bodies to behave as if it is constantly under stress. If you multiply these everyday stressful situations, inevitably you will get an increase in blood pressure and rapid heartbeat.
In our research, such action has lasted even until late at night, although the last cup of coffee was drunk at noon. "- Says dr. James Lane. "You can explore how coffee affects the people in the lab. But it will not answer the question of how coffee affects the people in the real world, where they are exposed to daily activities and stress." Dr. Lane recommended that people who suffer from high blood pressure and/or are exposed to stressful situations, however eliminate coffee from their lifes.
Although the consumption of one or two cups of coffee a day did not show a significant effect on the growth of blood pressure, it was found that caffeine causes the secretion of stress hormones, which in the long term may adversely affect our health. Drinking coffee in combination with smoking and stress can significantly affect blood pressure and eventually cause serious health problems. If you have high blood pressure ....
change your diet. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, limit intake of animal foods, refined foods and sugar.
Get rid of bad habits (smoking, alcohol, etc.)
light exercise, walk in nature, engage in meditation and yoga
reducing blood pressure may help some natural additives, for example, Coenzyme, Magnesium, Noni and garlic.
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