I have been a consumer of coffee for years, yet I was never concerned about whether it was healthy for me, or better yet, for my heart, even though I am a cardiologist. Many of you have had a similar experience.
This all changed when I met my wife, Dr. Heather. As a holistic doctor, she asked me tough questions about my coffee habit. I started wondering whether the ordinary canned coffee I drank could be impacting my health and my adrenal function. As a cardiologist, I decided I had better find out the science behind coffee and its impacts on the cardiovascular system. After all, my thousands of patients worldwide rely on me to advise them. I dug into the research.
The bottom line: coffee CAN be part of a healthy lifestyle, but key to this is sourcing from a toxin-free quality brand. (Science alert…if you prefer, skip to our recommendations for coffee at the bottom!)
Coffee and Your Heart
Evidence has demonstrated that coffee can protect the heart and the arteries. A 2017 review of the research reported that moderate coffee consumption has positive effects on both healthy individuals and patients diagnosed with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cardiomyopathy and arrhythmias. Additionally, a study out of South Korea concluded that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day was associated with a reduced prevalence of coronary artery calcium (decreased incidence of blocked arteries). The study documented that those who drank 3-5 cups per day were found to have the least total pervasiveness of atherosclerosis. Many of the heart healthy benefits of coffee stem from its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds and caffeine boost.
I am here to share good news! Whether you choose to consume coffee or not depends on bio-individuality. If your body does well with coffee and caffeine intake, give yourself permission to enjoy it for your heart’s sake.
Coffee and Hypertension
While coffee’s effects on hypertension have been mixed in the past, recent research has found that drinking coffee has beneficial impacts on hypertensive risk, with habitual chronic coffee consumers reaping the greatest benefits long term. A 2018 study demonstrated the cardioprotective effects of coffee. It found that the risk of hypertension was significantly lowered by 2% for each one cup increment of coffee consumption.
Coffee and CAD/CVD
Research suggests that coffee consumption does not increase risk of coronary arterial disease (CAD). The studies show that regular coffee intake has been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and seems to provide protective cardiac effects, especially in women.
These findings point out that moderate coffee consumption (defined as 3-5 cups of coffee per day) was significantly linked to a lowered risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Coffee and Atrial Fibrillation
The medical falsehood that coffee leads to heart arrhythmias/AF is widespread, although it has now been largely disproven in the latest medical studies. 2019 research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association now states that habitual coffee consumption of 1-3 cups per day could be protective against atrial fibrillation (AF). The Danish Diet, Cancer and Heart Study reviewed a large population-based cohort and also demonstrated that an increased intake of coffee was significantly associated with a lower rate of AF events.
Coffee and Cholesterol
Recent research published in Circulation Research found that regular consumption of coffee was associated with lower LDL and high HDL markers. Furthermore, if you are worried about your cholesterol levels, simply use a paper filter for better results when you brew!
Coffee and Inflammation
Coffee contains a plethora of anti-inflammatory compounds that offer protection against chronic inflammation. Antioxidants found in coffee help fight free radicals, reduce oxidative stress and limit inflammatory responses in the body. A 2006 study’s results showed that increased coffee consumption was significantly linked to decreased risk of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. For more information, see our article, Coffee and Heart Attacks.
Recommendations for the BEST coffee in the world:
If you drink coffee, you may as well make it the best. The best should be organic, and mold and toxin free. Enter Cardiology coffee.
- Organic– Coffee crops hold some of the highest amounts of pesticides in the world. Pesticides kill pests, they kill us, and they kill the environment.
- Low mold– Mycotoxins from mold are destructive to your health. Cardiology Coffee is tested for mold to make sure the coffee is safe to drink. Mold in coffee is a serious health concern.
- Antioxidants– The benefits of coffee mostly stem from its antioxidant properties. Cardiology Coffee tests extremely high for antioxidants.
And now YOU can enjoy the benefits of Cardiology Coffee in your own home. Bottoms up.