Many people would consider their daily coffee habit as a vice, something they need to cut back on. But yet another study has landed that proves that caffeine is a health wonder and in fact you might need to up your dosage of the miracle worker.
According to new research, drinking four cups of coffee a day appears to come with some surprising health benefits.
The study, published by Judith Haendeler and Joachim Altschmied of Heinrich-Heine-University and the IUF-Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Duesseldorf, Germany in PLOS Biology, found that an amount of caffeine equivalent to four cups of joe can be good for your heart.
According to Medical News Today, the caffeine pushes p27, an enzyme that normally slows cell division, into the mitochondria of the cell.
Once the enzyme is in the cell, it triggers all of these mechanisms that help repair heart muscles, meaning it could help people heal after a heart attack and help with other cardiovascular issues.
While humans were not tested on humans in the study the effects of caffeine were tested on pre-diabetic, obese mice, and in aged mice.
Haendeler said in a statement accompanying the findings:
“Our results indicate a new mode of action for caffeine, one that promotes protection and repair of heart muscle through the action of mitochondrial p27.”
“These results should lead to better strategies for protecting heart muscle from damage, including consideration of coffee consumption or caffeine as an additional dietary factor in the elderly population.”
There’s still some research to sort out as it was only done using mice, so you probably shouldn’t start upping your dose to cure any ailments.
But if you’re a dedicated coffee drinker who has a couple of cups a day habit, it’s definitely not doing you any harm.
Go on then, I’ll have another.