Cholesterol Advice

Connection between Caffeine and Cholesterol

A number of studies have been carried out on the connection between the consumption of caffeine and the level of serum cholesterol. Most of these studies remain inconclusive and do not offer or produce any evidence of a link between the consumption of caffeine and elevated levels of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol or total cholesterol.

The inconsistencies in these studies are partly attributed to the types of coffee that were used, methods of brewing coffee and the age and gender of the test subjects amongst other differences. In countries and cultures where coffee is primarily boiled, there was an indication that increase in coffee consumption may result in elevated cholesterol levels. However in the case of instant or filtered coffee there was no indication of any link.

In a study in Australia, the mean serum cholesterol level was found higher in women than men by about 11 mg/dl. The level was found to be much greater in case the women who were moderate to heavy smokers. Then again in certain studies carried out in the US, a study concluded that drinking up to five cups of coffee actually lowered the risk of coronary heart disease.

A strong link between excess of caffeine through either coffee or carbonated beverages containing coffee and osteoporosis has been established. An excess of caffeine may result in loss of calcium from the bones. In case you are a coffee drinker and are susceptible to osteoporosis then you might want to increase your intake of dietary calcium.

In the final analysis, a cup or two of coffee doesn’t harm any body. It just brings good cheer and at times can be considered to be a very refreshing drink, whether you have instant coffee, percolated coffee or drink a cup of your favorite latte or cappuccino at a coffee bar.