The coffee It’s one of the food most consumed in the world. This may be due to its intense flavor or its energy contribution. This drink manages to provide a large amount of nutrients to the body. Also, a single Cup of coffee gives you vitamin B2, vitamin B5, potassium, manganese, niacin and magnesium.
Coffee, which in many countries coffee has become a fundamental complement in the lives of many people, was discovered in the year 300 in Ethiopia, but its beans did not begin to be roasted to prepare the drink until the 15th century.
It has become a ritual for millions of people who consume it daily for its taste and the ability to help keep them energetic throughout the day. But nevertheless, there is some uncertainty about what the health repercussions are.
In the magazine New England Journal of Medicine a study showing the available evidence in relation to coffee, caffeine and health.
“Over the years, the evidence has been modifying the knowledge about the effects of caffeine and this has meant that not all doctors give the same message,” says Dr. Ignasi Duran, cardiologist at Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona.
The caffeine shows a lot of effects. For starters, keep in mind that caffeine is found in many foods other than coffee. “At different concentrations we also ingest caffeine in other foods such as tea, mate, cocoa, some soft drinks and also in stimulating drinks”, explains the doctor.
In addition, drink coffee A high amount of biologically active substances with properties that are different from caffeine are also absorbed. It has been proven that caffeine does not affect everyone in the same way, its effects vary depending on the person who consumes it. Medications can also vary the duration of the effects of caffeine. In addition, tobacco accelerates the disappearance of caffeine in the blood while contraceptives and pregnancy decrease its elimination.
Dr. Ignasi points out that “coffee has a substance – cafestol – that raises cholesterol levels. This is higher in unfiltered coffee than in espresso ”.
It has therefore been shown that filtered coffee does not increase cholesterol levels in the body. Therefore, the consumption of this type of coffee should be instilled.
There is a belief in the population that coffee causes an increase in blood pressure, but they are wrong. People who drink caffeine but not from coffee have been shown in study to increase blood pressure. However, people who consume coffee, due to the other nutrients it contains, does not cause a risk of hypertension.
In addition, several studies indicate that people who consume coffee in a moderate way have a lower probability of suffering a stroke.
Moderate consumption is estimated not to exceed 400 mg of caffeine daily. It would be around 2-5 expresses throughout the day.
“Although we should not recommend the consumption of caffeine as prevention, it can be considered a healthy habit to have a cup of tea or coffee” concludes Dr. Ignasi.