Millions of people around the world consume coffee every day. While energy-boosting and tasty, it’s important to understand how coffee consumption can impact your heart health. In fact, it’s even reported that Americans consume coffee more regularly than even water or tea!
Let’s take a look at what the experts generally have to say about coffee drinkers and their heart health, and what recent research has discovered about the subject.
What are the Concerns?
Coffee is extremely popular, with more than two-thirds of Americans drinking the beverage each day. So, you may wonder what the concerns are about regular coffee consumption and heart health since such a large swath of the population takes part in this activity daily.
Much of the concern stems from the caffeine present in coffee, a stimulant that tends to produce elevated blood pressure and heart rate.
Thus, some medical professionals worry about caffeine producing certain types of irregular heartbeats that can lead to serious heart disease, and even failure. However, much of the research completed on the subject to date doesn’t prove this to be true.
What Recent Research Says
The good news for coffee lovers is that a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine a few weeks ago proves even further that regular and moderate coffee consumption doesn’t necessarily put your heart health at risk.
They found that drinking coffee did not significantly cause a certain type of heart hiccup that feels like a skipped beat. However, they did find a slight increase in a different type of irregular heartbeat for people who drink two or more cups of coffee per day.
Last year, the American College of Cardiology produced a similar report stating that drinking two to three cups of coffee a day can lower the risk of heart disease and dangerous heart rhythms. This was true both for people with and without cardiovascular disease, meaning they couldn’t find a tie between coffee and new or worsening heart disease.
Moderation is Key
Just like most other delicious things in life, finding balance in your coffee consumption appears to be the key to maintaining a healthy heart. According to the research, it seems like most people don’t need to abstain from coffee drinking altogether, but finishing an entire pot each day probably isn’t the healthiest move for your heart, either.
It is recommended by the FDA that healthy adults consume less than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, which equates to about four or five cups of coffee. But, as you can see from some of the above research, certain risks could start to occur after drinking just two cups of coffee each day.
For this reason, it’s important that each person listens to their own body and makes a personal decision about how much coffee is appropriate for them. If necessary, you may consider consulting with your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your caffeine intake and its impact on your heart or body.
But, the good news overall is that a daily cup of joe doesn’t seem to put your heart’s health on the line.