When it comes to coffee and heart health, the two are rarely believed to go together. They share a relationship resembling water and oil, at least that is what was strongly believed by both the medical community and society at large.
However, a growing body of evidence has disproved this point, to the extent that coffee has in fact been proven to have benefits for your heart and circulatory system.
Interested to know more about the link between coffee and heart health? Let’s explore how coffee can benefit you in your pursuit of optimal circulatory health.
Coffee’s Benefits Proven In Studies
A study conducted by Harvard University and Published in The Journal Circulation (Ding et al. 2015) found that coffee drinking reduced death from all causes, but of particular significance is the reduced risk of stroke and heart attacks, especially when compared to people who did not drink coffee.
The findings also confirm a similar study on coffee consumption and reducing type 2 diabetes risk, which both confirm that drinking coffee reduces the risk of death by all causes, but more specifically drinking 3-5 cups per day had the most significant benefit of all. Drinking more than 5 cups per day did not offer further benefit.
This is just the most recent study in a string of studies confirming coffee’s heart friendly effects. For example, analysis of 36 studies on coffee published in 2013 in the Journal Circulation as well, encompassed over one million people and found that those that regularly drank moderate coffee were less likely to develop heart disease.
What do all these studies mean? Just simply that coffee is not bad for your heart, or for your circulatory system for that matter. This is in contrast to the tightly held belief that coffee is bad for heart health.
How Does Coffee Benefit The Heart?
Coffee is now known to be one of the richest sources of nutrition in the western diet. It is loaded with phytochemicals, many of which have potent anti-inflammatory effects.
Many diseases relating to the heart are caused by inflammatory conditions, including atherosclerotic blockages and heart disease. Antioxidants have been shown to reduce the incidence of death.
The other benefits of coffee that could positively influence heart health include:
Improving Blood Sugar Control– it is well known that diabetics have higher than average risk of also developing heart disease or suffering from strokes. Coffee reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, in turn reducing the likelihood of suffering from diseases of the cardiovascular system.
Coffee Promotes Oral Health– oral health and heart disease is now established as having a strong correlation, with poor health associated with a higher incidence of heart disease. Coffee has the ability to slow down the progression of periodontal disease, and may actually reverse it.
Coffee Reduces Risk Of Death After Experiencing A Heart Attack– though it is touted as primarily having the ability to prevent heart disease in the first place, it was also found that coffee does reduce the risk of death from subsequent heart attacks in persons who have already experienced a prior heart attack. This is noteworthy as people who have experienced a heart attack may be much more wary of drinking coffee, though this does not need to be the case.
There is a growing body of evidence that proves coffee is not detrimental to heart health and is actually beneficial for the majority of people. If anxiety and palpitations occur from drinking regular coffee, decaffeinated varieties are excellent as they still deliver beneficial effects.
Coffee is the source of much debate in our daily life. But why does the most popular beverage on earth cause so much debate? Well, we could blame it on pseudo-science, which tries to manipulate anything having good effects into a negative outlook, highlighting all of the potential downsides, and discrediting the upsides.
Well, people, you can toss all the questions out the window right now! Why? Because many real and substantiated, scientific studies have been done on the effects of coffee and its benefits, and one thing has been determined time and time again, is that coffee can be really good for you in moderation!
We are in not saying at all that you drink coffee as you would water, but just 2-3 cups throughout the day will improve your energy and well-being and leave you feeling much better!
Still not convinced? Here are several brief reasons why coffee is just too good to be left alone:
Coffee Fires Up Your Brain Function
There is strong evidence that supports the fact that coffee (and caffeinated stuff in general) has been used since the Indian civilizations in South America and the Caribbean used caffeine, whereby the warriors would consume the leaves of the cacao plant to get mentally and physically ready to do battle.
Of these two groups, the Caribs were the most prolific warriors, and as you may have guessed, most consistent users of the cacao. In our modern day relatively relaxed lifestyles, coffee can help us get our brains primed and ready for repetitive tasks.
So, if your job involves doing tasks over and over again, you will become very efficient at what you do. Though caffeine will give you brain energy to continually produce, be careful not to overdo it when your job or tasks require calm thoughts and actions. Now if brain power is what you are in need of, coffee can also reduce the risk of developing neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Coffee Can Prolong Your Life
Very simply coffee prolongs life in several different ways. It works like this: it does this by minimizing your risk of chronic diseases that suck away life, such as heart disease, cancer and more.
The one primary goal of all humans is to live as long a life as possible, in good health, and when it comes to reviewing, coffee may really help you achieve these goals. On average, if you are a coffee drinker you may have up to a 20% reduced mortality rate compared to people who don’t drink coffee when compared over a 15-20 year period.
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Coffee Increases Your Physical Performance
One of the keys to living a long, healthy, fulfilling and very happy life is by staying active and exercising frequently. By doing this, you help keep your muscles and connective tissue in working great even as you age, so that changes normally seen to the bone as we get older, do not negatively impair your mobility. If you’re younger, this is great too, as it means you will be able to work out longer in the gym, translating to greater improvement in strength and gains to muscle size, or increased fat loss resulting from exercise.
Coffee Is Full Of Nutrients
This is one many people are not quite aware of. Most people just assume coffee is a quick energy boost type of beverage with no real nutritional value. However, coffee contains a wide range of B-vitamins and minerals and is actually one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants in our everyday diet. Even greater than the antioxidants we get from our daily intake of fruits and vegetables and is a lot easier to consume sometimes!
Coffee is a real positive to mankind. Almost anyone who drinks it in moderation will receive some benefits. And while there are possible negatives from excessive consumption, many people never experience any such symptoms.
Keep in mind, drink your coffee black or at the very least with little sugar or cream, as those added calories really do add up.
#Coffee is good for you
If there is one major benefit to drinking coffee, it has to be the increased energy. As a daily routine, right as we wake up to start a very busy day, we drink coffee to give us the boost of energy we need to get through a day of corporate life or help us get through what lies ahead at whatever job we perform, or do on a daily basis.
Does coffee really help us get through our day? Absolutely. At least, for a period of time, it does. After a short while though, the energy from the coffee can diminish causing us to reach for more to achieve the same effect. Regardless, coffee can be a strong pick me up any time you need to push your productivity into high gear.
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Coffee Has An Effect On The Brain
As the day wears on, our circadian rhythm tells us it is time to slow down and starts as we start to feel sleepy and a period of relaxation sets in. This is normal and is actually good for good health because it ensures we get enough sleep.
The way this occurs is due to the action of adenosine on its receptors, aptly named the adenosine receptors. Caffeine and adenosine share structures that are very similar and both belong to a group of compounds known as xanthines.
Coffee Improves Physical Performance
Caffeine found in coffee improves muscular contractions and blood flow in the body, allowing for smoother neuro-muscular transitions and increased force of contraction. This is perfect for athletes trying to gain an edge on their competitors while training or competing. Caffeine will do this for anyone involved in physical work for that matter, as its benefits should certainly help your resistance to fatigue.
Coffee Improves Motor Function
Motor function refers to the level of efficiency that we can perform tasks with our limbs, such as performing tasks with our hands like playing the piano or typing on your computer. It is for this reason that the caffeine from coffee is at the top of the list when it comes to improving efficiency and doing repetitive tasks or jobs.
Coffee Enhances Your Mood
You will never be at your best when you are depressed or stressed out, or even anxious. The state you are in emotionally plays a vital role in your energy and focus when you must complete specific tasks at an optimum level. Drinking a cup of coffee raises brain chemicals that promote a sense of well-being, allowing you to perform in a state of emotional efficiency.
#Coffee and Energy Levels
One of the greatest attributes of the effect of coffee in the body is the increased output of adrenalin from the adrenal glands. Adrenalin keeps the body in a high energy state, to perform at peak intensities.
Coffee Enhances Your Working Memory
Think of this as a computer’s RAM processor, which is the processing power plant in your brain. By increasing your working memory, you are less prone to be distracted and allows you to have a clean flow of energy to the brain.
Coffee is very useful when consumed before a task or activity that requires you have a high degree of focus or energy. Just be careful to not become too reliant on coffee, consuming it just for the sake of doing it. This will lead to tolerance and diminished effects when you really do need it.
The World’s Healthiest Drinks
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- Highly nutrient dense super food
- One cup provides the daily need of vitamins A, K, C, and B-6 and only 30 calories
- Antioxidants, quercetin, and kaempferol have been shown in studies to reduce risks for cancer and act as anti-inflammatory agents
- High levels of vitamins, beta-carotene, and antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin help prevent macular degeneration and strengthen vision
- Significantly lowers risks of cataracts
- Niacin, zinc, iron, magnesium, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, B6, and K, phosphorus, potassium, thiamin, copper, folate and manganese
- Calcium for healthy bones
- Filled with essential proteins and amino acids
- Allows the body to both consume and absorb more nutrients at a faster rate
- 6 grams less sugar and 5 grams more protein than regular milk
- Rich creamy taste
- Soy milk
- Packed with nutrients
- Vegan protein source that helps build lean muscle mass
- High in vitamin B-12 for DNA production and proper functioning and development of the brain
- Helps vegans and vegetarians prevent B-12, protein and iron deficiencies
- Catechins greatly support weight loss and weight management
- Studies show drinking 3 cups a day result in more weight loss
- Key antioxidants and flavonoids fight the formation and development of free radicals that promote cancer, oxidative stress and premature aging
- Polyphenols that boost immunity
- Catechins lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and repair damaged vessel tissue, thus strengthening the heart and its functions
- Chamomile and Sage Teas
- Calm nerves
- Promote relaxation
- Reduce anxiety
- Calm upset stomach
- Consumption of chamomile has been linked to a reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s and cancer, even in families prone to accumulating these degenerative diseases
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- Nutrient-rich superfood
- Good source of protein, potassium, and zinc
- Very good source of phosphorus, fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese
- Phenethylamine, a chemical neurotransmitter that acts as a mood elevator able to increase happiness
- High levels of flavonoids and other antioxidants that reduce risks for cancer and oxidative stress and can help lower blood pressure
- Low in cholesterol
- Low in sodium
- Low in fat
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6. Coffee Can Protect Your Liver
Coffee can help keep your liver functioning optimally, being able to prevent the likelihood of cirrhosis. Drinking four or more cups per day can reduce the risk of cirrhosis by up to 80%.
7. Coffee Is Full Of Anti-Oxidants
Surprising as it may be, coffee is still one of the main sources of antioxidants in our diets, even more than what we receive from eating fruits and vegetables. This one reason alone is an excellent reason to drink coffee daily.
8. Coffee May Add Years To Your Life
Coffee can reduce the risk of several different diseases, and as studies have shown over a 20 year time period, reduced relative mortality rates in men and women by 20% and 26% respectively. These effects are especially pronounced with people that suffer from diabetes.
9. Coffee May Help Reduce The Risk Of Depression
A study conducted By Harvard University in 2011 (Lucas et al.) found that women who consumed 4 or more cups of coffee every day had a 20% reduced risk of developing depression, and a 53% decrease in suicide rates.
10. Coffee May Help Reduce The Risk Of Stroke
Though coffee may work to increase blood pressure, it does not affect heart health in a negative way. Blood pressure normally returns to baseline after a few days, but along with this is a slightly reduced incidence of stroke.
My Final Thoughts
The millions of people who love and drink coffee every day can celebrate, as not only do they get to consume their favorite cup of java, they also gain a lot of great benefits. Keep in mind that coffee has no calories, as long as you stay away from the sugar and creamer and you stay away from choosing high-calorie coffee drinks like Frappuccinos, which can quickly turn a good thing bad.