Scientists Have Discovered an Unexpected and Insidious Danger of Coffee

Coffee is one of the most popular and healthy drinks in the world. But not everyone knows how coffee affects our bodies.

Japanese scientists have unexpectedly discovered another benefit and danger of the drink.

It turned out that coffee can help maintain strong muscles and, therefore, greater mobility in older people. The researchers proved that coffee consumption prevents the progression of sarcopenia, a condition characterized by a decrease in muscle mass with age.

Skeletal muscles play an important role in mobility, posture, and metabolism. In a new study, researchers asked 6,369 participants aged 45 to 74 to report how often they drank coffee, and then measured their skeletal muscle mass and hand grip strength.

As a result, a clear link was found between coffee consumption and skeletal muscle mass index (BMI). It was most pronounced in men.

“We found that coffee consumption was positively associated with BMI in middle-aged and elderly Japanese, regardless of inflammation in the body,” the researchers said. However, they noted that reducing inflammation with coffee does not seem to be a key factor in strengthening this relationship, but more research will be needed to study its mechanisms. In addition, according to scientists, coffee should not be drunk by the elderly and those with high blood pressure.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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