Good News: Coffee Good for Your Heart

Two recent studies indicate that drinking coffee is good for your health!

According to CNN:

Two cups of coffee may help protect your heart . . .

A meta-analysis of five previously completed prospective studies finds that drinking two 8-ounce cups of coffee a day gives people an 11% lower risk of developing heart failure, compared to people who don’t consume any coffee.

The analysis, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Heart Failure, reviewed five studies conducted between 2001 and 2011 and included a total of 140,220 patients.

“Heart failure shares risk factors with other cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes are particularly strong risk factors for heart failure,” explains Elizabeth Mostofsky, the first author of the analysis and a post doctoral research fellow at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“We think coffee is lowering the risk for diabetes, which is lowering the risk for heart failure.”

But don’t reach for the coffee pot just yet. Drinking two cups of coffee may help prevent heart failure, but Mostofsky and her colleagues found that drinking more than four cups a day seems to undermine the protective quality.

“Protection slowly decreases with more consumption and it seems there’s no further benefit for people who drink five or more servings a day and there may actually be potential for harm,” says Mostofsky.

The studies that made up the analysis did not take into account if participants drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. However, Mostofsky notes that the studies were conducted in Finland and Sweden, two countries where caffeinated coffee is typically consumed. The studies also did not look at how the coffee was brewed, how strong it was, or what time of day the participants drank it.

The study also didn’t note whether the coffee participants drank was quality coffee or junk coffee. Generally Scandinavian coffee tastes are more refined and sophisticated than other parts of the world, so one might conclude that drinking GOOD coffee isn’t only beneficial to your health, but to your mood, satisfaction level and taste. Did I mention Panamanian specialty coffee is very popular in Scandinavia.