DRINKING 25 cups of coffee a day may not harm the heart, scientists say.
Such a mammoth consumption could be no more dangerous than downing one or less.
It follows studies urging people to cut down after claiming coffee stiffens arteries and raises the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
For the latest sudy, 8,412 Brits were split into groups — less than one coffee a day drinkers, one to three, and more than three. The last group averaged five a day. Some drank up to 25.
All had MRI heart scans and pulse tests which showed that drinking five a day, or 25, was no worse for the arteries than less than one, even when age, weight and smoking status were factored in.
Dr Kenneth Fung, of Queen Mary University of London, said: “Despite the huge popularity of coffee worldwide, different reports could put people off it. Our research indicates coffee isn’t as bad for the arteries as previous studies would suggest.”
The Sun's Doctor, Carol Cooper, says
COFFEE is rich in caffeine, which is not all bad, but too much is toxic.
Drinking a lot can cause irritability, sweating, racing pulse, anxiety, nausea and insomnia.
Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others.
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The British Heart Foundation said the study ruled out a potential detrimental effect of coffee on arteries.
A second study presented to the British Cardiovascular Society conference in Manchester said cardiac attack patients admitted to an NHS hospital at weekends did not face heightened death risk.
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