Okay, I’m about to hit you with what may sound like some of the WORST advice in modern health at first. But if you want a quick and easy way to get a bit of extra heart protection… visit a donut shop.
No, don’t worry, I’m not recommending the donuts. In fact, you should avoid those at all costs. I don’t eat them myself, despite being on a first-name basis with everyone at the local Dunkin’.
In fact, I’m pretty sure they start filling my order the moment they see me walk through the door. Because I’m there for one thing only. Coffee.
Now, new research not only confirms coffee’s heart-pumping benefits. It also busts a major myth that well-intentioned folks like to warn me about all the time.
Coffee WON’T cause heart rhythm problems such as atrial fibrillation. If anything, drinking coffee could help prevent them.
The TRUTH about coffee and heart rhythm
It’s an old myth that just won’t die. But it’s easy to see how it got started.
You and I both know how caffeine makes you feel. Awake. Alive. And totally energized. But it can also give you a little bit of the jumps or jitters.
That’s especially true if you drink too much coffee too fast or simply aren’t used to caffeine. And some folks think that jittery feeling is a sign it’s bad for your heartbeat.
Except, the new study thankfully confirms it’s not.
Sure, ideally, you want to get the right levels of coffee so you can enjoy the taste and the health benefits without any hint of jitters. But it won’t mess with your actual heart rhythm in any case.
In fact, it may be just the opposite. Research has found in some cases, it could help prevent rhythm problems like atrial fibrillation from occurring in the first place.
The study of some 400,000 Brits finds for every cup you drink per day, you could cut your odds of a frightening arrhythmia by a small but meaningful 3 percent. And that includes scary stuff like that a-fib I already mentioned, as well as atrial flutter and supraventricular tachycardia.
Pour yourself another hot mug of health benefits
Now keep in mind this study DIDN’T look at people who already have heart rhythm conditions. So if that’s you, be sure to ask your own doctor if coffee is okay for you and follow his advice.
But if you’re simply nervous about coffee because of those heart-rhythm rumors, this new research should help put your mind at ease. Or, like me, you might be able to use it to stop the constant nagging from those well-intentioned friends and family.
Now that 3 percent reduced risk for atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm problems probably isn’t big enough for you to consider starting to drink coffee if it’s not already a part of your routine. And if you simply aren’t a java fan, there’s no reason to force it on yourself.
But if you do love coffee, like me, this is just one more reason to KEEP enjoying it. And don’t forget its other potential benefits. Research has found coffee may help protect against heart disease, dementia, Parkinson’s, and more.
Studies have even found that a mug or two a day could cut your odds of premature death by 15 percent and death from a heart attack by 20 percent.
Want more? Pour yourself another cup and check out this free report on the five biggest benefits of coffee.