Coffee drinkers, here’s some good news, as long as we’re not talking 10 cups a day.
“In addition to helping many of us wake up in the morning, coffee has a number of health benefits,” says McLeod Cardiologist Dennis Lang, DO. “That’s not to say caffeine can’t become addictive, as seen with withdrawal headaches. A number of research studies show benefits if you drink 3-6 cups of coffee a day.”
HELP FOR THE HEART
COFFEE DOES HAVE ITS PROBLEMS
COFFEE USE DISORDER
Caffeine dependence does exist, at least if you ask the World Health Organization. One study found that 33% of coffee users said they needed caffeine to function. You can withdraw by slowly replacing coffee with less caffeinated products. Tea has only about 25% of the caffeine that coffee does. Then, move on to noncaffeinated products.
During your withdrawal you may experience headaches, nervousness, fatigue and flu-like symptoms.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE
Most existing research indicates little harm to your heart and vascular system, while offering some health benefits if you drink fewer than 5 cups of coffee a day. So you can keep drinking your coffee. Must make sure it’s part of a balanced, healthy diet.
If you already have heart disease or atrial fibrillation, it’s best to cut out the coffee.
If you do feel anxiety or heart palpitations, see your personal physician or a cardiologist to determine if you have a more serious problem.
Sources include: McLeod Health, Heart Online Journal, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health, Journal of Caffeine Research