Does coffee consumption damage heart health?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 20, 2022

Did you know that research suggests daily coffee drinking may have heart benefits?

Study Summary

Two recent large studies found that those who drink 2-3 cups of coffee per day have a decreased risk of heart disease and dangerous heart rhythms, and also live longer. Researchers noted that for individuals who feel anxious or poor after consuming coffee, increasing intake might not be best.

Similarly, a systematic review and meta-analysis found an association between coffee consumption and risk of heart disease. The researchers detailed that moderate coffee consumption (3-5 cups per day) was protective against heart disease.

Coffee beans have 100+ active compounds and antioxidants which may help reduce oxidative stress, combat inflammation, and protect against disease.

The Hearty Take

While correlation does not mean causation, the bioactive compounds in coffee likely confer many health benefits. At Hearty we believe that coffee consumption can be a healthy lifestyle choice – if choosing coffees go for the lighter roasts as these have more polyphenols and antioxidants intact. If high cholesterol is a concern for you, choose brewing methods that use a filter. To ensure that your coffee habits are right for you, consider taking a genetic test and reaching out to your nutritionist!

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