Coffee raises blood pressure: Is it time to say GOODBYE to your favourite drink? Find out

Coffee is one of the most loved beverages around the world. Could this very same drink be the reason for your high blood pressure?
Coffee raises blood pressure: Is it time to say GOODBYE to your favourite drink? Find outCoffee raises blood pressure: Is it time to say GOODBYE to your favourite drink? Find out
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Fixing ourselves a cup of coffee the moment we wake up, is something almost all of us look forward too. In fact, people across the globe consume close to 8.6 billion kg of coffee annually! Most of us need a quick caffeine fix before we go about our day. The caffeine in coffee is particularly strong and helps us “awaken” our senses whenever we feel drowsy or tired. If you’re a coffee drinker, you must be well versed with the “coffee buzz” that arrives not long after those first few sips.

For some of us, even the aroma alone can begin to perk us up. That being said, the effects of coffee on our overall health is hotly debated. The questions regarding if regular coffee consumption is really good for you — especially in light of its impact on blood pressure and heart health is still under research. Read on to find out how coffee affects your blood pressure, and if it’s time to dial back your daily caffeine fix! 

1. Coffee can raise blood pressure levels temporarily

Research shows that the physiological effects of drinking coffee can extend beyond a small dose of wakefulness. Coffee may also increase blood pressure for a short time after consumption. In fact, 200mg of caffeine present in 2 cups of coffee  may result in an average increase of 8 mm Hg and 6 mm Hg in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, respectively! Although, regular coffee consumption is not associated with the same impact on blood pressure which may be due to the caffeine tolerance that develops when you regularly drink it. This means you are more likely to experience a small increase in your blood pressure if you drink coffee infrequently.

2. Potential long term effects of coffee on blood pressure levels

Though coffee may increase your blood pressure temporarily right after drinking it, this effect doesn’t seem to extend far beyond the short term. Current research suggests that daily coffee consumption is unlikely to have a significant impact on blood pressure or overall risk of heart disease. In fact, coffee contains antioxidants that may promote heart health!

3. Should I avoid coffee if I have high blood pressure?

Moderate coffee consumption is unlikely to have a significant effect on blood pressure or heart disease risk, even if you have high blood pressure. Although excessive exposure to caffeine is suggested against especially if you already have high blood pressure. Wait until your blood pressure is under control before coffee regularly, as it may increase your blood pressure in the short term.

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