Coffee is, without a doubt, one of the most consumed drinks in the world, along with – evidently – water (essential in short 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 advisable.
As you probably know, coffee is a wonderful natural drink that is obtained from the infusion made from the roasted and ground beans of the coffee plant, which is usually taken at breakfast, although it is also very common to take it after meals and, in short, almost at any time of day.
It has almost certainly become one of the most social non-alcoholic drinks par excellence, as it is usually consumed in the middle of a conversation between friends or colleagues. Even at meetings at the highest level (e.g. of senior officials), there is never a lack of a good cup of coffee.
Its deep-rooted and popular consumption is due, above all, to the fact that it is a drink with great stimulating power, a quality that is mainly due to its high caffeine content. But, as a consequence of this effect, we find ourselves before a drink that is not so advisable according to the moments or conditions.
Does coffee raise blood pressure?
This is probably one of the most common questions asked by many people 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, when asked if coffee increases tension, it does. In fact, to quote the doctor Sheldon G. Sheps for Mayo Clinic, “can cause a short but dramatic increase in blood pressure, even if you don’t have high blood pressure. And we owe this effect, indeed, to the presence of caffeine in its composition.
It is not known why coffee temporarily raises blood pressure, but many researchers and scholars agree that this alkaloid almost certainly tends to cause the adrenal glands to release more caffeine, so blood pressure increases.
In fact, most people who drink caffeinated beverages (not just coffee) are known to have higher average blood pressure compared to people who do not drink caffeinated beverages. However, after regular consumption, some tolerance to caffeine may develop, so its effect on blood pressure is not as evident.
Can coffee cause hypertension?
At the moment it is not entirely clear whether, in the long term and with regular consumption over time, coffee can cause high blood pressure, but an increasing number of experts and doctors agree that in reality we are dealing with a real myth.
For example, some time ago the Spanish Society of Hypertension – Spanish League for the Fight against Arterial Hypertension (SEH-LELHA) published a guide in which he tried to dispel many of the most common myths about this disease.
Specifically, on coffee he points out the following: “Coffee momentarily raises blood pressure but it has not been proven that regular coffee consumption causes hypertension”. In fact, he points out that many clinical guidelines “recommend that hypertensive people who wish to continue with this habit can drink 1 to 3 cups of coffee a day”.
So you can drink coffee when you have high blood pressure?
In fact, the only answer is from your doctor: it’s best to ask him or her whether or not you should clean up your coffee and other caffeinated drinks, or stop drinking them altogether, 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, no more than 3 cups of coffee a day. Therefore, if you are worried about caffeine consumption and its possible effects on your blood pressure, but you wish to continue enjoying your daily cup of coffee, it is best not to exceed 200 mg. of caffeine per day.
And, of course, always opt for black coffee and avoid using white sugar as a sweetener.
This article is published for information purposes only. It cannot and should not substitute for consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist.