If you have high blood pressure, it is likely that you have ever wondered if you can drink coffee, especially if you love this drink. Is it possible to take it? And, above all, is it totally safe?
- Many myths claim that coffee is a direct cause of high blood pressure.
- However, many medical guides allow up to 3 cups of coffee a day in hypertensive patients without risks to their health.
The coffee is, no doubt, one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, along with obviously – water (ultimately essential for life), and tea. However, although on many occasions we are not aware of it, we must pay attention to the fact that there may be some contraindications that prevent its consumption, or that make its consumption not so adequate or recommended.
As you probably know, coffee is a wonderful natural drink that is obtained from the infusion made of roasted and ground grains of the fruits of the coffee plant, which is usually taken at breakfast, although it is also very common to take it after meals and, in short, practically at any time of the day.
It has become, almost without a doubt, one of the most social non-alcoholic drinks par excellence, since it is usually consumed in the middle of a conversation between friends or co-workers. Even in the highest level meetings (for example, of senior leaders), a good cup of coffee is never missing.
Its deep-rooted and popular consumption is due, above all, to the fact that it is a drink with a great stimulating power, a quality that is mainly due to its high caffeine content. But, as a consequence of this effect, we are faced with a drink that is not so recommended depending on the moments or conditions.
Does coffee increase blood pressure?
We are probably facing one of the most common questions that a good number of people ask themselves every day, especially if they tend to drink coffee regularly, and especially if they have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
The truth is that the question of whether coffee increases tension, the truth is that YES. In fact,”it can cause a short but dramatic rise in blood pressure, even if you don’t have high blood pressure. ”And we owe this effect, effectively, to the presence of caffeine in its composition.
The truth is that the causes for which coffee temporarily increases blood pressure are not known, but many researchers and scholars agree that, almost with total probability, this alkaloid tends to cause the adrenal glands to release a greater amount of caffeine, so that blood pressure rises.
In fact, most people who drink caffeinated beverages (not just coffee) are known to have higher average blood pressure than others who do not consume caffeinated beverages. However, a certain tolerance to caffeine can develop after regular consumption, so its effect on tension is not as obvious.
Can coffee cause hypertension?
At the moment it is not entirely clear if, in the long term and with regular consumption over time, coffee can cause high blood pressure, but more and more experts and doctors agree that, in reality, we are faced with a true myth.
Specifically, about coffee he notes the following: ”Coffee momentarily raises blood pressure but it has not been proven that your regular consumption of coffee causes hypertension. ”In fact, he points out that many clinical guidelines “recommend that hypertensive patients who wish to continue this habit can drink 1 to 3 cups of coffee a day. ”
So, can you drink coffee with high blood pressure?
The truth is that, in reality, the only answer is your doctor: the most advisable thing is to ask him whether or not you should clean up the consumption of coffee and other caffeinated beverages, or to stop drinking them directly, especially if you have high blood pressure.
In any case, we must remember that the Spanish Society of Hypertension itself advises a moderate consumption of coffee in case of hypertension, not exceeding 3 cups of coffee a day. Therefore, if you are concerned about caffeine consumption and its possible effects on your blood pressure, but want to continue enjoying your daily cup of coffee, it is best not to exceed 200 mg. of caffeine per day.
And, as it could not be less, always opt for black coffee and avoid using white sugar as a sweetener in this drink.