Caffeine, which most of us get from our daily dose of coffee, is a natural stimulant.The popularity it enjoys is not exactly surprising given the effect it has on the nervous system. Despite the bitter taste, we learn to love the beverage as it helps us wake up and become more alert.
But can the buzz become a dangerous thing when it comes to our hypertension risk? Given the fact that stimulants can also lead to blood vessel constriction, one of the questions people often ask about caffeine is whether it can lead to high blood pressure.
While it may trigger a short-lived increase in blood pressure, caffeine does not raise the risk of hypertension, which is a long-term medical condition. There is no evidence linking this to coffee consumption, according to the Joint National Committee on Hypertension.
To provide a clearer picture, Italian researcher Giuseppe Grosso sheds light on two important points. First, he confirms that the spike in blood pressure caused by caffeine is only temporary. Second, this elevation is only likely to affect people who do not consume caffeine frequently.
Since such people have not built a tolerance the way regular coffee drinkers have, the caffeine can cause the narrowing of blood vessels, in turn, increasing the pressure of blood flow. This effect will not increase the risk of developing hypertension in the future.