How coffee affects the human body

Coffee is a natural energy booster with a clear stimulating effect on the body.

Numerous studies show that drinking coffee stimulates mental activity, increases mental and physical performance, reduces or removes drowsiness, gives vigor and reduces fatigue.

Such properties of the drink make it possible to call coffee a natural stimulant.

The biggest stimulant of the central nervous system in coffee is caffeine.

How strong the effect of caffeine is depends on individual sensitivity to coffee methylxanthines, a group of psychoactive substances that includes caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine.

How coffee and caffeine affect blood pressure and heart function

How caffeine affects blood pressure depends on the type of coffee.

Instant coffee is characterized by a reduced caffeine content compared to a natural drink.

However, instant coffee is often heavily loaded with synthetic flavor enhancers.

Cheap varieties of coffee are used for its production, violation of technological processes leads to the appearance of an unpleasant aftertaste in this drink.

Coffee made from ground coffee beans acts as an antioxidant, reducing the risk of developing atherosclerosis.

But the high content of caffeine is a sign, it should be taken into account by those who suffer from arterial hypertension.

But the effect of coffee mostly depends on the characteristics of the body.

If the pressure is usually low pressure, after coffee it will rise, or rather — normalize.

According to studies, the use of caffeine can cause a short-term but sharp increase in blood pressure.

Can you drink coffee with high blood pressure?

Coffee under pressure does not always lead to a worsening of well-being.

There is a category of patients, and not only hypotonics, who are not prohibited and even recommended to drink a tonic drink in reasonable quantities.

With intracranial pressure, coffee will not only do no harm, but will help to relieve the spasm of brain vessels caused by impaired circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid, aneurysms, injuries, and thereby reduce the pressure in the cranial cavity.

Despite the fact that caffeine increases blood pressure in the short term, studies have shown no direct relationship between love of coffee, hypertension and the frequency of cardiovascular diseases.

On the contrary, numerous studies show that people who drank 1-6 cups of coffee a day had a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease compared to those who did not drink coffee.

This was especially noticeable in those who drank 3-4 cups of coffee a day.

In this group of subjects, the risk of heart problems was lower by 17%.

Can you drink coffee with hypertension?

Experts recommend that if you suffer from high blood pressure and 30 minutes after drinking coffee with caffeine, the pressure rises by 5-10 points, you should reduce coffee consumption. 

Cardiologist Natalya Ivanyuk believes that you should drink no more than two cups a day, preferably with a glass of water.

It is necessary to pay more attention to the varieties of coffee - robusta has twice as much caffeine as Arabica. In some cases, it is better to drink coffee without caffeine, and in some - to refuse it altogether.

In any case, it is always important for hypertensives and people with normal blood pressure to observe precautions and remember the individual characteristics of the body.

After all, the sensitivity to caffeine and the reaction to it in different people can be very different.

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