thumbnail Written by Cameron's Coffee

Happy Heart Healthy Month! Keeping your heart in working order will give you the health and energy you need to do the things you love.

Along with a great diet and exercise, our favorite beverage (coffee, of course!), can help your body fend off a variety of heart issues. Every day, coffee helps keep our hearts happy and going here at Cameron’s.

It’s the Heart That Really Matters

The heart is perhaps the most vital organ in your body and coffee helps keep it ticking. According to a Johns Hopkins University study detailed in Newsmax, coffee provides a lowered risk of clogged arteries. Clogged arteries cause blockage, which keeps hearts from doing their job, bringing oxygenated blood to and from the heart. While how much you should drink is disputed, the general consensus is that people who drink one cup a day have a lowered risk of heart disease.

Keeping the Heart and the Body Young

A recent Harvard study, detailed in The New York Times, concludes that coffee consumption helps increase longevity. This study lasted 30 years and followed over 200,000 doctors and nurses. It found that coffee drinkers who had 3-5 cups daily gained the most benefit from the beverage, increasing their longevity.

How could this be? It’s all about oxygen. The heart helps carry oxygenated blood throughout the body. Without it, the body would die, but oxygen damages cells over time, causing us to age. That’s why antioxidants, which slow the aging process, are important for the heart and the body. Luckily your favorite drink has a lot of antioxidants to help keep you spry throughout your years.

A Healthy Mouth Leads to a Healthy Heart

Though coffee has been lambasted by some for staining teeth, it’s good for the mouth, which is why dentists have recently warmed up to the heated beverage. Coffee contains a lot of caffeine, and high amounts of caffeine can kill the bacteria lingering in the mouth.

The death of the bacteria reduces the chances of gum disease (gingivitis), a condition that is linked to heart disease. It’s strange how bacteria in the mouth can affect the heart, but consensus reports from the Journal of Periodontology and the American Journal of Cardiology confirm that the bacteria on infected gums can dislodge and travel into the bloodstream, eventually ending up in the heart. A summary of the reports can be found on WebMD. Once in the blood vessels, the bacteria contribute to the formation of clots, which increase the chances of heart attacks and raise blood pressure.

Diabetes and the Heart

Type-two diabetes is one of the most significant factors contributing to heart disease. Luckily, coffee reduces the risk of both diabetes and heart disease. How much coffee contributes to preventing type-two diabetes varies according to studies says Healthline, but a Harvard study concluded coffee could prolong the onset of the disease and perhaps prevent it altogether.

Now that you know your coffee helps keep your heart healthy, drink on! But remember, diet and exercise are essential for the vital organ. We promise we’ll continue to create great coffee that tastes excellent, energizes you, and keeps you healthy while pursuing what you love.

Enjoy Chocolate Caramel Brownie and Chocolate Covered Cherry as some of our favorite flavors for the day for all hearts, February 14th.