Coffee Jitters: Caffeine boosts predictor of heart problems

By Ben Harder, 15:49 PM April 15, 2008

Whether it comes from coffee or another source, caffeine gives a troubling boost to one biological indicator of poor heart health, a new study suggests. Moreover, other ingredients in coffee appear to at least double the effect of caffeine alone.

Past studies have shown that drinking coffee can increase blood concentrations of the amino acid homocysteine, which has been associated with an elevated risk of heart attacks (SN: 1/11/97, p. 22). Meanwhile, quitting coffee can reduce blood concentr...

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