“Coffee is a risk factor for the development of sustained hypertension [high blood pressure]”
Dr Lucio Mos, San Antonio Hospital, University of Padova, Italy, September 2014.
High blood pressure is the #1 cause of death worldwide
High blood pressure is also the number one cause of death in New Zealand and it is mostly preventable. I have worked with thousands of people and helped them reverse their high blood pressure. See my heart disease articles for more on this. In doing so, the risk of heart disease is dramatically lowered. It can be done through diet and lifestyle changes and the big one and usually the first step, is to give up coffee¹.
“People with heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety or type II diabetes may want to quit or curb their caffeine intake. Consuming caffeine on a regular basis raises your blood pressure higher than it otherwise would be”
James Lane, Medical Psychologist, Duke University, USA
A few years ago, New Zealand Rocket Coffee roaster Glen Woodcock was judging a coffee competition and said “I tasted 36 coffees and I just had a kind of seizure”⁹.
Coffee = high blood pressure
Continuous long-term coffee drinking → over-stimulates cortisol production → adjusts the way your genes express themselves → causes blood vessels to remain narrowed → raises blood pressure → increases the risk of heart attack, heart failure, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Around 40% of deaths in New Zealand every year are from cardiovascular disease. The biggest precursor to this highly preventable death rate is hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Caffeine usually causes a dramatic increase in your blood pressure, even if you don’t have high blood pressure.²
- Drinking four strong coffees daily increases your risk of irregular heartbeat, which then greatly increases your risk of having a stroke, heart attack or other cardiac problem.³
- Regular intake of caffeine results in significantly increased systolic blood pressure.⁴
- Caffeine causes your adrenal glands to release more adrenaline, which also causes your blood pressure to increase.
- Coffee increases the risk of pre-diabetes if you have high blood pressure.⁵
- Caffeine raises blood pressure.6
- Caffeine makes it harder to control glucose levels (diabetes management).
There is a vast amount of evidence that eating a plant-based wholefood diet lowers, and in some cases, reverses, heart disease and hypertension. This has been shown in the fasting studies, the chicken studies, the saturated fats studies, the fibre studies, the plant-based eating studies, and of course, the meat-is-directly-linked-to-heart-disease studies.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.