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coffeeStudies have suggested that low-grade systemic inflammation participates in the pathophysiology of obesity, insulin resistance, ischemic heart disease, metabolic syndrome X, and abnormal coagulation process. An extensive body of scientific evidence also suggests that dietary factors exert their influence largely through their effects on blood pressure, lipids and lipoproteins, as well as on markers of inflammation and coagulation. This evidence implies that dietary intervention designed to reduce the inflammatory process could be of benefit in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).


Chronic coffee consumption has a detrimental effect on aortic stiffness and wave reflections. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 June 2005 00:00
“Large artery stiffness and wave reflections are important independent prognosticators of cardiovascular disease risk because they determine left ventricular function, coronary blood flow, and mechanical integrity of arteries. Although we and others previously showed that caffeine acutely increases arterial stiffness and wave reflections, the chronic effect of coffee consumption on these indexes has not been defined.”

“228 clinically healthy subjects: 141 men (41 +/- 8y old) and 87 women (41 +/- 9 y old).”
“All reported types of coffee (instant, “Greek” type, filtered, espresso, or cappuccino) were adjusted for 1 cup (150ml) of coffee and a caffeine concentration of 80 mg. According to the distrubution of coffee consumption, we categorized usual coffee consumption as none, low (< 200 mL/d), moderate (200-450 mL/d), or high (> 450 mL/d).”

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Associations between coffee consumption and inflammatory markers in healthy persons: the ATTICA study PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 October 2004 00:00
“The effect of coffee consumption on the cardiovascular system is conflicting. Inflammation is important to the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and several dietary factors are thought to exert significant effect on inflammation and thus on the risk of CVD.”

“The cross-sectional survey enrolled 1514 men (aged 46 +/- 13 y; range 18-87 y) and 1528 women (aged 45 +/- 13 y; range 18-89 y).”

“Studies have suggested that low-grade systemic inflammation participates in the pathophysiology of obesity, insulin resistance, ischemic heart disease, metabolic syndrome X, and abnormal coagulation process. An extensive body of scientific evidence also suggests that dietary factors exert their influence largely through their effects on blood pressure, lipids and lipoproteins, as well as on markers of inflammation and coagulation. This evidence implies that dietary intervention designed to reduce the inflammatory process could be of benefit in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).”

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Tea and Atherosclerosis PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 December 1967 00:00
“Many people have pointed out a relationship between atherosclerosis and serum lipids. Little et al. showed that the concentration of serum lipids is positively correlated with coffee drinking, but slightly negatively correlated with tea drinking. Paul reported that people who developed coronaries drank more cups of coffee than those without coronaries. Snapper stated in his book that there was little atherosclerosis in the Chinese, who drink tea almost exclusively.”

“The absence of atherosclerosis in the Chinese, the Bantus of South Africa, the Negroes in Central Africa and the Yemenites in Asia Minor has been attributed to low content of serum lipids. Similarly, it should be noted that the cholesterol of the Chinese was lower than in Europeans or Americans.”
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