Link between coffee, irregular heartbeat totally debunked
Q: I used to drink coffee every day and I read your article recently about how it can help prevent Parkinson’s disease. But I gave it up years ago because I heard the caffeine was bad for my heart. Is there any way to still get the benefits?
G.R.: If you haven’t had the taste of hot, fully-loaded coffee in a while, this may be your lucky day.
I don’t have to tell you the number of things that so-called diet experts told us for years were bad for us – only to be proven wrong by science. I’m talking about dark chocolate, red meat, nuts, you name it.
And it looks like you can add coffee to the list.
A recent study proved that, in addition to protecting your brain and reducing your cancer risk, coffee doesn’t do a thing to harm your heartbeat.
Chalk it up to another old wives’ tale.
The study followed 1,400 healthy coffee, tea and chocolate lovers for a full year. These people wore a device that monitored their heart rhythm all day, every day.
And even when they increased their caffeine consumption, their heart rates remained exactly the same. No fluttering, no irregular heartbeats… nothing.
What’s better? Coffee is a source of antioxidants, which can actually lessen your risk for heart disease and lots of other illnesses.
The bottom line is that as long as you practice moderation, there are lots of things you can enjoy that we used to think were unhealthy. I’m not telling you to walk around with a coffee IV strapped to you – but keep it to 2-4 cups a day and you should be just fine.
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