Does drinking coffee lower blood pressure? According to a recent study, yes. The survey was conducted over a 4-year period with more than 8,000 people and concluded that drinking coffee daily can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.
Promoted by the University of São Paulo (USP), the study analyzed this particular habit of the participants. Not only that, but he also analyzed their lifestyles, as well as blood tests. In addition, periodic blood pressure measurements were taken.
Coffee for Blood Pressure
Basically, the participants were divided into four groups. People who don’t drink coffee, people who drink a maximum of 1 50 ml cup a day, people who drink up to 3 cups a day, and people who drink more than that.
In addition, the diet of the volunteers was taken into account, as well as other habits such as: consuming alcoholic beverages, eating fruits and vegetables, consuming foods rich in sodium, sugar and saturated fats, and smoking.
Finally, after a long analysis of all the habits of each group, it was possible to conclude that there is a clear relationship between moderate coffee consumption (1 to 3 cups a day) and a lower risk of developing arterial hypertension. That is, people who do not drink coffee as part of their daily routine are more likely to develop high blood pressure. Most of the participants reported consuming the drink with caffeine, filter/filter and added sugar, which is consistent with the traditional habit of Brazilian coffee consumption.
In summary, low blood pressure caused by coffee consumption is mainly due to the high amount of polyphenols in coffee. Polyphenols are biologically active compounds that, in addition to preventing hypertension, promote anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant action.
Other drinks rich in polyphenols are:
- Wine, especially red;
- Grape, cranberry or cranberry juice.
- Green Tea;
- White tea.