Does coffee and other caffeine containing drinks tend to raise the blood pressure? It’s time we dig into the topic
and find out! Before we start, we shall ask you a question. What’s the first thing that pops up in your mind when you hear the word ‘caffeine’
? It’s coffee, right? Well, that’s why today we’re focusing more on coffee and its connection with the blood pressure, but this doesn’t mean it wouldn’t apply for all other caffeine drinks as well.
So, coffee and caffeine; caffeine and coffee…the never-ending confusion
whether they’re good or bad. There are different points of views here.
All in all, most doctors often tell their patients to avoid drinking too much
coffee or to stop consuming it at all (if there’s a certain condition, which requires it!). Well, we can’t deny there’s some proof that shows a specific reaction of blood pressure towards coffee. However, does the all-time-favorite stimulant really act as one?
Let’s see the two sides of the coin!
Who’s ‘against’ caffeine consumption?
On the one hand, caffeine is considered a stimulant. As by definition stimulants increase the activity of the central nervous system
, coffee intake can make us ‘wake up’. What’s more, this increased activity might lead to blood vessels shrinkage.
Thus, there’s a chance you get high blood pressure and a certain change in the blood flow towards the heart. Some specialists even say this has the same effect as some drugs
like cocaine and methamphetamines. Doesn’t sound very positive, huh?! Don’t worry, there’s the other side too.
Anyone who’s ‘for’ caffeine?! Anybody?
On the other hand, a lot of scientific experiments show that drinking coffee affects the blood pressure at a quite insignificant level
. As a matter of fact, caffeine is said to have a short longevity within the body, so it can’t be a factor when it comes to high blood pressure. Yes, a cup of coffee is able to raise it, but it won’t be for long. There’s enough data, which proves that moderate caffeine consumption has no tendency
to increase the risk of hypertonia, heart diseases or heart attacks.
On the contrary, the so called ‘dark drinks’
like coffee and black tea might even have beneficial effects
. Coffee, for example, is said to contain polyphenols
that reduce the thrombocytes and prevent from blood clots (responsible for insults).
So, to sum this up, we’re giving you a quick test
you could make at home. To answer the question “May I drink coffee?”
, allow yourself a single cup. Then make sure to measure your blood pressure and your pulse 3 times, 30 minutes apart. If you notice a difference that’s higher than 10 points
, you might be very sensitive to caffeine. This means you should consult with a specialist and probably try limiting the caffeine intake.
Did you find this information useful for you? We really hope so! If you have further questions or any concerns, drop us a comment so we could discuss!
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