I’m not a coffee drinker. But that doesn’t mean I don’t recommend it.
After all, research has linked your morning cup of joe to a reduced risk of diabetes, dementia, and stroke.
And now, a new benefit has come to light.
According to researchers, drinking coffee could protect you from the world’s No. 1 leading cause of death.
But—there is a sweet spot when it comes to consumption.
Let me explain….
Coffee may protect your heart
In a recent study of three analyses, researchers found that drinking two to three cups of coffee regularly may stave off cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Researchers identified just over 382,500 participants in the U.K. biobank with a median age of 57 years. All subjects were free of CVD at baseline, and just over half were women.
Ultimately, research revealed that people without CVD who drank two to three cups of coffee daily had between an eight to 15 percent reduced risk of developing the disease.
This amount also helped ward off congenital heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmias (an abnormal/irregular heartbeat), and death from any cause over a 10-year period.
What’s more, study participants with CVD showed an improved survival rate. They also didn’t seem to have an increased risk of arrhythmias.
Powerful benefits… simply from enjoying two to three cups of their morning brew.
Of course, doing a deeper dive into these numbers, the risk of CVD death was lowest at one cup per day, while stroke risk was lowest at less than one cup per day.
For those with arrythmia, atrial fibrillation, or atrial flutter, the lowest mortality risk was also at one cup per day.
And finally, there was a U-shaped relationship. Meaning those who didn’t drink any coffee and those who drank too much didn’t see this type of protection.
Consume in moderation
Coffee is a huge part of many people’s lives. And despite its reputation as a morning “vice”, research consistently shows it’s downright good for you. (Maybe I’ll have to learn to handle a cup or two or three!)
It’s the most common brain enhancer, waking people up in the morning and helping them stay mentally sharp throughout the day.
(Of course, while I may joke about starting to drink coffee, there’s no evidence from this study to suggest you should start if you’re a non-drinker—or increase the amount you are drinking. Especially if it makes you jittery and anxious, which is what it does to me.)
In this report, instant coffee and freshly brewed coffee showed the same effects. But decaf coffee didn’t show any.
So, is it the caffeine… or something else?
Well, when it comes to the heart benefits specifically, the study author believes it is the caffeine content that “blocks adenosine receptors, which may explain its potential mild antiarrhythmic properties.”
As a result, they also believe regular, caffeinated coffee consumption “may be related to improved endothelial function, circulating antioxidants, improved insulin sensitivity, or reduced inflammation.”
Plus, previous research has linked caffeine to playing a role in weight loss. And coffee to a reduced risk of new onset Type 2 diabetes.
That said, coffee beans contain more than 100 biologically active compounds that reduce oxidative stress and regulate metabolism—suggesting there could be more at play here than “just” caffine.
Regardless, this study is another reason to stop worrying over those few cups of coffee each day. Of course, if it’s more than that, please consider slowing your roll.
As always, adding a little natural sweetener like stevia is fine. But I discourage adding milk and sugar, which cancel out any benefits altogether.
For a deeper dive into how coffee consumption can fight off chronic disease, check out the March 2022 issue of my Logical Health Alternatives newsletter (“This ‘forbidden drink’ fights metabolic disease, cuts dementia risk, boosts longevity, and MORE”).
And for an all-natural plan to prevent and reverse America’s biggest killers, tune in on Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) when I’ll be hosting my groundbreaking Ultimate Heart Summit. Admission to this exclusive, online event is FREE, but space is limited. Secure your spot by clicking here now!
Until next time,
“Coffee Drinking May Cut Heart Disease Risk, Prolong Survival.” Medscape, 03/27/2022. (medscape.com/viewarticle/970989)