Is Coffee the Remedy to High Blood Pressure?

By Mark Ramos

As you age, your blood vessels often become stiff to increase the risk of high blood pressure. Luckily, a new study done through the University Of Athens by Greek researchers showed the surprising link between drinking coffee and preventing high blood pressure.

Previous research has been inconclusive as to whether or not coffee is bad or good for the heart. This new study was conducted on 485 women and men within the age group of 65 to 100 who were natives of a small island called Ikaria in the Aegean Sea. The natives of this island normally live up to their 90th birthday, and the researchers wanted to find out their secret to long life.

All of the group participants had high blood pressure, and they underwent testing to determine the health of their blood vessels. Within the group, 11% drank 3 or more cups of Joe each day, 56% drank 1 to 2 cups of coffee per day, and 33% drank less than one cup or no coffee at all. The participants in the group that consumed 1 to 2 cups of coffee per day also had 25% more elasticity in their blood vessels than those who did not drink any coffee whatsoever.

This study also took into account other factors that can affect aging in the blood vessels, such as gender, smoking, physical activity, age, education, blood pressure, body weight, diet, and diabetes. The study also revealed that those participants that drank 1 to 2 cups of coffee each day were less likely to have cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, or be overweight.

What is the reason for this?

The men and women within the study mostly drank traditional Greek coffee that came in small, espresso-sized servings. Greek coffee has more caffeine and is much stronger than regular espresso, and it also has beneficial compounds, like potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, flavenoids, and niacin to protect the blood vessels as you age. These compounds blocked the damaging effects of oxidation that can create inflammation in the blood vessels. This oxidation will also produce free radical damage, which will injure the cells in the body and cause stiffness in the blood vessels, resulting in high blood pressure.

Traditional Greek coffee actually contains more of these compounds than other styles of coffee since it is boiled and unfiltered. The study results showed that hypertensive patients are recommended to drink coffee in moderation at 1 to 2 cups per day to slow down the advances of arterial aging.

One other interesting point of the study was that the participants enjoyed their coffee in cafés or home while they relaxed with friends, so there could also be psychological benefits to this coffee consumption to positively impact the heart health. This is fantastic news for fans of coffee, so take the time to try different coffee brew methods, like Greek style coffee, which you can enjoy in moderation to protect your heart health!

Mark Ramos
Article by Mark Ramos
Mark Ramos is a coffee fanatic and owns The Coffee Bump. For a great selection in all things coffee and espresso machines, check out

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