Great news for coffee lovers everywhere! A new study conducted by scientists at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil found that drinking three cups of coffee a day helps clear out your arteries and could keep heart disease away.
According to study author Andreia Miranda, “In our research, we found that habitual consumption of more than three cups a day of coffee decreased odds of coronary calcification.” The findings apply to non-smokers, as smokers in the group did not reap the same rewards.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, included 4,426 participants, the vast majority of them being coffee drinkers. Researchers found that those who drank three or more cups coffee had lower coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores. Lower CAC scores are good.
Why is a lower CAC score good?
CAC scores measures the amount of calcium in the walls of arteries. Calcified arteries can hinder the blood flow to your heart. Basically, the more calcium a person has in their arteries, the higher their chances of having a heart attack or a stroke.
It remains unclear what it is about coffee that helps rid arteries of calcium. You would think it might be the caffeine, but decaffeinated coffee also has similar results. Perhaps, it’s the antioxidants or other magical qualities of the coffee bean that are responsible for the calcium-clearing benefits. Who knows?
The point is that you now have another excuse to drink that extra cup of coffee—and isn't that all that really matters?
But don’t go mainlining the stuff or anything. As Miranda reminds us, “Other studies have already shown that excessive consumption of this beverage may not bring health benefits.”
So, when in doubt, remember that old Schoolhouse Rock song: “Three is a magic number."
If you’re pregnant, remember, it is recommended that you limit caffeine intake to 200 milligrams a day, which is roughly one and a half cups.
Oh, and last time we checked, a cup is still 8 ounces—not whatever fits into your GINORMOUS so-called "cup."