Caffeine May Boost Heart Health

November 22, 2013

Caffeine in CoffeeDrinking a moderate amount of caffeine—like one cup of coffee—may help improve your heart health and lower your risk for a cardiac event.

It works by getting your blood flowing. Too much caffeine may have the opposite effect—but in moderation? Caffeine/tea/coffee may benefit your heart, liver, and mind. Coffee was found to have a protective effect on the liver, and shown again to possibly help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. More than three cups though, and instead of a health boost you’re taxing your cardiovascular system.

It’s a good justification for that morning cup or afternoon jolt. Besides the caffeine, you’ve got lots of flavonoids and antioxidants offering their health benefits. Just don’t go overboard on cream and sugar (if you’re having tea, try agave for a healthier sweetener, or make it royal tea with a scoop of fruit preserves).

If you’re looking for other ways to support your heart, a good bit of exercise will also get your blood flowing, stimulating your heart and brain and giving you a mood boost for the day.

And don’t forget nutritional support; fruit also provides antioxidants that support heart health. Throw in a good heart supporting multivitamin and you’re set!

Are you team tea or team coffee (or both/neither?)?.

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