Starting your day off with a cup of coffee doesn’t only provide that much need boost from caffeine. New studies published by the American Heart Association have shown a direct correlation between drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee per day and a significantly decreased risk of heart failure.

We’ve covered some of the incredible health benefits from coffee before, and new research continues the conversation! Join us as we dive into this American Heart Association study regarding heart failure risk and what it means for all of us coffee lovers.

As medical director at the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, David P. Kao, states, “Coffee and caffeine are often considered by the general population to be ‘bad for the heart because people associate them with palpitations, high blood pressure, etc. The consistent relationship between increasing caffeine consumption and decreasing heart failure risk turns that assumption on its head.” 

The results from this study aren’t necessarily a surprise for those involved in the coffee community, but for those out of the loop, coffee’s health benefits continue to be certified. Involving over 21,000 adults and 10 years of follow-up research, this study by the American Heart Association suggests one cup per day decreases heart failure risk by 5-12%. You could say a cup of coffee a day keeps the doctor away!

What’s worth noting about this news is that the decreased risk of heart troubles is only associated with caffeinated coffee. Sorry, decaf lovers. The correlation between caffeine in coffee and heart risk is one that can’t be overlooked. Studies will continue to divulge information about the relationship between the two, but for now, caffeinated coffee is the way to go for those taking preventative measures against cardiological failure.

Research continues to paint coffee as an incredible resource for health benefits ranging from fighting prostate cancer, improving colon cancer outcomes, improved brain function, and much more. With news confirming that coffee can decrease heart risk up to 12%, it’s clear our favorite bean comes packed with more than just flavor.

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