Not just a pick-me-up in the morning, having a few cups of coffee a day could be give your heart health a boost as well, new research suggests.
Drinking coffee throughout the day could help to decrease the chance of clogging your arteries, which is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease, according to a study by researchers in South Korea and published in the journal Heart.
For the study, over 25,000 participants underwent routine health checks which included scans to assess their heart health. It was found that those who drank three to five cups a day were less likely to have early signs of heart disease.
They looked for tiny deposits of calcium in the walls of the coronary arteries, which are one of the early indicators of developing heart disease. After comparing the test results, the researchers concluded that people who drank a few cups of coffee a day were less likely to have these calcium deposits present in their coronary arteries than those who drank more or no coffee at all.
The daily limit for consumption of coffee should be three to five cups a day, according the recent 2015 Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. One cup of coffee generally contains around 100mg of caffeine.