Take two lattes… and call me in the morning!
Forget aspirin, my friend. There really is a “wonder drug” for heart patients — and it’s a habit your own cardiologist may have told you to quit after a heart attack.
But you don’t have to give up coffee.
Not only is a cuppa joe the only thing keeping you going some days, but it’s also absolutely essential to your recovery — as new research finds your morning mug is the best ticker tonic around.
It can help reverse the damage that strikes after a heart attack, giving you a better shot at survival and helping to STOP a second attack before it starts.
You don’t need to be a certified java junkie to get the benefit. Just a cup or two per day is enough to cut your risk of death after a heart attack by 20 percent.
There’s not a drug in the world that can promise that!
The study doesn’t dig too deep, so it doesn’t bother to show why coffee can give your heart some help just when it needs it most.
But there are dozens of reasons: the dozens of heart-healthy antioxidants in every mug.
Coffee is also a terrific natural source of niacin, which can also protect the heart.
Because it’s also possible to get TOO MUCH niacin, studies that combine it with meds have shown mixed results in heart patients… but a little boost from coffee seems like it could be just the right amount.
And let’s not forget the blood-pumping benefits of a little caffeine!
Whatever the secret ingredient is, it works — because researchers found a few years back that coffee improves the function of your small blood vessels, which deliver oxygen to the heart.
Along with protecting your heart, a daily coffee habit can fight cancer and even protect the brain — cutting your risk of dementia, Parkinson’s disease and more.
Best part of all?
There’s no need to blow big bucks on the fancy high-end coffees that are so popular with the snobs these days, and you certainly don’t have to waste your time and money on that bitter burnt brew that passes for coffee at Charbucks.
Just get a brew you like, even the cheap supermarket stuff like the good to the last drop Maxwell House or the “heavenly coffee” of Chock Full o’Nuts will give you all the benefits without breaking the bank.
Be sure to serve yours without sugar, which can wreck your heart health instead of protecting it. If you can’t drink it black — and not everyone can — drop in some cream to mellow it out.