High Blood Pressure: how you grind your coffee is important!

Frank Pio Russo - May 25, 2015.

As one ages and gets older, his blood vessels become less elastic and his blood pressure tends to gradually increase. This is rendered even more problematic if one has diabetes, as the latter also tends to make blood pressure go up. Of course our eating and drinking habits also contribute greatly and coffee is a very important constituent of this; this is one of the reasons why it is recommended not to measure the blood pressure within half an hour of having had a cup of coffee.

Now if your blood pressure is somewhat high, I do not recommend cutting down on your coffee: there's very little that's as medicinal as coffee... (it's an antidepressant and it also decreases the incidence of most cancers), however there is something that one can do which is very helpful!

The amount of caffeine which is extracted from your raw ground coffee, is dependant on the surface area of the various component particles. So in order to stop your blood pressure getting too high if you have 5 or 6 cups of double coffee, it's a simple matter of just grinding the coffee as "fine" rather than "extra fine"... the former is recommended for filter coffee whereas the latter is recommended for espresso machines. However, I've found that by putting the "fine" coffee in an espresso machine, all that happens is that it loses some of its caffeine induced bitterness, and becomes much more palatable! You will find to your surprise that your blood pressure will be somewhat reduced. Of course I'm talking of milk coffees or lattes... black coffee as far as I am concerned is a definite "no-no" for blood pressure!

In conclusion, my suggestion is a natural way of limiting your caffeine without sacrificing any taste... if anything, you actually improve the taste!

Frank Pio Russo.