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New Study Finds Regular Caffeine Intake Does Not Cause Extra Heartbeats

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Coffee has been found to have many health benefits, yet it has been linked to numerous side-effects in the past. But, recent studies find completely the opposite when it comes to coffee consumption. Of course, we should not discount that caffeine has been classified as a drug[1, 2] yet when consumed moderately, it can have positive effects on health especially that it’s a naturally occurring substance in many plants including coffee, of course.

The new study conducted by researchers at UCSF(University of California, San Francisco) led by Gregory Marcus(MD, MAS, UCSF Health Cardiologist and Director of Clinical Research) finds no connection between chronic consumption of caffeinated products and cardiac ectopy, which is an agitation or increased in heartbeats. The study[3] is published at The Journal Of American Heart Association.

According to the led author of the study, Gregory Marcus;

Clinical recommendations advising against the regular consumption of caffeinated products to prevent disturbances of the heart’s cardiac rhythm should be reconsidered, as we may unnecessarily be discouraging consumption of items like chocolate, coffee and tea that might actually have cardiovascular benefits.

This is not the first study to find caffeine as no effect on heart health. In fact, a prior study[4] published back in March 2015 at The British Medical Journal found moderate coffee consumption was linked with a lower prevalence of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis. And, again in July 2015, another study[5] found no evidence that coffee consumption is associated with increased risk of AF(atrial fibrillation), or irregular heartbeat.

Confused about these studies where findings contradict previous negative recommendations on coffee? Well, don’t get confused as it seems recent studies have unanimous findings on caffeine consumption. However, there’s one common denominator about them, which is drink coffee in moderation. However, I find it interesting that the word “moderation” seem to have a definite amount or number for everyone. In other words, there’s no one coffee dosage for everyone.

So, if you’re a coffee drinker and lover who drink coffee with a regular amount you’re drinking every time, continue doing so. On the other hand, for those who are not coffee drinkers who are interested in coffee and rides with the trend, try to consume a little for the first time and gradually increase your consumption and observe if it makes you jittery or feel anxious. Because, as mentioned earlier, caffeine is a drug and too much of it can cause negative outcomes.

In my personal observation, there’s no one coffee amount that we can call suitable for everyone. I have friends who can drink more than 7 cups of coffee a day without any negative effects on them while some can only have up to 2 cups max.

Lastly, what you put in your coffee matters. That’s true and there’s no workaround on it. If you want to make the most of the benefits of your coffee, drink it black. Avoid the sugar and artificial sweeteners. It may be strong at first, but try to control your sugar or creamier amount. Then, as you drink coffee more regularly, reduce the amount of added sugars until you’ll be able to drink your coffee sugar-free.

Also, if you want your coffee to taste delicious and amped up its health benefits, skip the sugar and artificial sweeteners as previously mentioned and opt for healthy additives like coconut oil, cinnamon powder, butter preferably unsalted and grass-fed, and you can even add a sprinkle of moringa powder on it. This way, you don’t only have the caffeine and antioxidants in coffee, but you also get the healthy fats from butter and coconut oil, health benefits of cinnamon and some protein from moringa powder.

Coffee Quality Matters

In the U.S., it has been said that the No.1 problem with coffee is molds. Dave Asprey of Bulletproof recently made a video about this along with Mark Inman, former President of Specialty Coffee Association of America(SCAA).

Another thing that can affect the quality and taste of you freshly brewed coffee is the coffee maker itself. If you want quality and delicious coffee, better invest on quality coffee makers. You’ll find a lot of quality coffee makers either from local stores or online like Amazon.

Hopefully, this information shed a bit of light for those who are skeptical about coffee. Moreover, if you’re interested in finding out more about coffee, do your own research both online and through inquiring coffee shops near you. So, enjoy your daily dose of a cup of Joe!

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