Everyone likes to start the morning with a big cup of coffee. For some people, coffee is literally the essence of life, as it is hard to get that engine started without a full cup of morning Joe. But is coffee good for us? Researchers tend to believe so, and a new coffee-focused study reveals that some proteins found in coffee can actually neutralize certain risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.
David Furman is the author of this new study focused on the beneficial effects of drinking coffee each day. Furman, who works at the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infections, declared that people who drink coffee tend to live longer, and are protected from heart-related disease.
In order to ascertain how coffee helps fight heart disease, Furman and his team of researchers asked the help of several volunteers. Most of the participants were 20 – 30 years of age, while other were well in the 60s.
For the purpose of this study, Furman and his team collected blood samples from each participant. The first thing they’ve observed is that a pair of gene clusters were bound to be more active in participants belonging to the second age group, than those from the first age group.
Furman said that the two gene clusters his team identified are involved in the production of a certain protein called IL-1-beta. The presence of this protein in one’s blood shows how predisposed a person is to cardiovascular disease.
Now, after isolating the IL-1-beta protein, the scientists discovered that the older patients who had higher gene cluster-related activity were also more likely to have arterial stiffness, a telltale sign of heart strokes. Subsequently, those who had lower gene cluster activity were more likely to show no signs of arterial stiffness.
And this is where the coffee comes in. According to Furman, the older participants who exhibited lower gene cluster activity were more likely to have higher levels of coffee metabolites in their blood stream.
As part of the lab test designed to determine how caffeine metabolites can prevent heart disease, the team used nucleic acid metabolites, mixed with caffeine metabolites and lab-grown immune cell. Furman noted that when the caffeine metabolites were introduced into the equation, they would counteract any signs of inflammation produced by the nucleic acid metabolites.
Bottom line: a cup of morning Joe per day, keep heart diseases at bay.
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