Kicking the coffee habit might be good advice for people with high blood pressure, the authors of a new report say.

The researchers studied men with normal blood pressure, but the findings suggest that eliminating coffee drinking could be an important way to help treat high blood pressure, the researchers said. They presented their findings Thursday at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology."Maybe this will help them prevent drug treatment" for high blood pressure, said the study's principal author, Jeff Myll of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. "It's worth a try."

The researchers reported that healthy men who customarily drank three to six cups of coffee a day experienced a significant drop in blood pressure when they stopped drinking coffee.

The National Coffee Association said that the drop in blood pressure was small and that other studies have shown coffee has no effect on blood pressure.