The daily coffee break is pure pleasure for many people. You do not have to go without it if you have high blood pressure.
If you have high blood pressure, you can certainly enjoy a cup of coffee.
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Scientific studies have not been able to prove that caffeine is harmful to high blood pressure, according to the German Heart Foundation.
In the short term, coffee can raise blood pressure. This is particularly true when the body isn't used to caffeine. Blood pressure rises less - or not at all - if you drink coffee on a regular basis.
This habituation effect can be seen after one to two weeks of consistent coffee consumption, according to the German Heart Foundation. By the way, all of this holds true for both green and black tea, which have a stimulating effect on the body.
What is the maximum amount of coffee that can be consumed at this time? The German Heart Foundation recommends that people who are concerned about their heart health consume no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. This is approximately four to five cups of coffee.
Those who are affected, however, should keep in mind that it is best to take a blood pressure reading before – or about 30 minutes after – the coffee break. This ensures that coffee consumption does not skew the results.
Caffeine tablets, on the other hand, are not recommended by the German Heart Foundation. Unlike coffee, these "wake-up pills" can have an unfavorable effect on blood pressure.