It’s no secret how much I love coffee. I’ve only covered the incredible benefits of that daily cup of “black gold” about a billion times here before.
Because despite the rumors about this “banned” beverages being bad for you, it’s anything but. And I can show you the research that proves it.
But the news just keeps getting better about that caffeine filled cup.
So buckle up for reason one-billion-and-one to keep drinking coffee. Because caffeine is one “crutch” that’s anything but—at least where your health is concerned.
And yes, that applies to your heart health, too…
Fuel your heart on the cellular level with caffeine
The conventional take on coffee is that caffeine puts stress on the heart. And if you’ve ever had heart concerns chances are one of the first things well-meaning folks said to you was that you have to give up coffee.
But recent research from a team of German scientists suggests the opposite is true.
This exciting new animal study examined the effects of caffeine on the body. The researchers used an amount of caffeine that’s equivalent to around four to five cups of coffee.
And they found that caffeine boosts heart cell function, and protects against age-related damage.
Specifically, it doubled levels of a vital protein called p27 in the heart’s mitochondria. Mitochondria are the tiny, rod-shaped power centers found in the cells that supply your heart with energy.
And that’s important because p27 helps to keep heart muscle cells alive and thriving. Plus it ramps up repairs to blood vessel linings and the heart’s inner chambers.
Caffeine gives you a teenage heart
The scientists were floored to discover your favorite “banned” beverage could have some MAJOR anti-aging benefits too.
Mitochondrial respiration is essentially a fancy way of describing how your mitochondria transform the energy in the food you eat to the power that runs your body.
And the researchers found that the caffeine restored mitochondrial respiration in 22-month-old mice back to the levels of 6-month-old mice.
In other words, it in effect reversed their hearts’ age—within just ten days.
5 MORE reasons to put some caffeine in your cup
Of course, this isn’t the first study to give caffeine the green light—not by a mile.
In fact, just last year, researchers analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study to find that coffee drinking is associated with a significantly lower risk of heart failure and stroke.
And that’s not all. Below are five more clinically proven reasons to keep your cup of caffeine-laced joe full…
1. Good for your liver:
Regular java drinkers are more than 20 percent less likely to wind up in the hospital with liver problems. They’re also 29 percent less likely to suffer liver disease and 39 percent less likely to face liver cirrhosis.
2. Slashes dementia risk:
Recent research shows that women who consume more caffeine enjoy a 36 percent lower risk of dementia—with coffee taking top honors in prevention.
3. Wards off colon cancer:
Just one cup of coffee a day could lower your risk for colon cancer by more than a quarter. Drink two and a half cups daily, and your risk of this disease drops by half.
4. Drives down diabetes risk:
Research has shown four cups of coffee a day could cut your diabetes risk by over 30 percent. And with each individual cup experts say your risk drops by another seven percent.
5. Beats back depression:
Researchers say women who regularly drink coffee with caffeine benefit from a 20 percent lower risk of depression, too.
The bottom line? That morning java is no guilty pleasure. In fact, drinking this “banned” beverage could turn out to be one of the healthiest habits you have.