Are you a big coffee drinker? Can’t make it through the day without a few cups? Then have we got good news for you!
For some time, it has been generally accepted that a couple cups of coffee a day aren’t going to kill you – and possibly, they could even be good for you. This new study, though, pretty much greenlights as much as you’d like to guzzle to get you through the day.
It claims that drinking up to four cups a day could have heart-healthy benefits, especially for people with existing heart issues. The research was conducted by Judith Haendeler and Joachim Altschmied of Heinrich-Heine-University and the IUF-Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Dusseldorf, Germany and the results were published in PLOS Biology.
In fact, they find that four cups a day could be the ideal amount, because it pushes an enzyme that typically slows cell division into the mitochondria of your cells, which triggers your body to start repairing your heart muscles.
The results could be great news for people who had suffered heart attacks or from other cardiovascular problems, like Haendeler explained in a statement.
“Our results indicate a new mode of action for caffeine, one that promotes protection and repair of heart muscles through the action of mitochondrial p27. These results should lead to better strategies for protecting heart muscles from damage, including consideration of coffee consumption or caffeine as an additional dietary factor in the elderly population.”
It’s caffeine that’s doing the heavy lifting, so in theory, it applies to any sort you enjoy. So drink up!