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Coffee Is Good for Your Heart

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  • Scientists in a new study say four cups of coffee a day may help protect and repair heart muscle, and protects cells against heart attack damage better than having no caffeine
  • By drinking four cups of coffee, the protein known as mitochondrial p27, which promotes migration of endothelial cells to protect your heart muscle cells, is enhanced, setting off a beneficial chain of events
  • According to the research, regulatory proteins in caffeine bind to specific parts of the DNA and play a role in how genes are expressed, another way cardiovascular cells are protected from damage
  • Powerful antioxidants called polyphenols defend your cells against attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS) or free radicals, and Americans acquire more antioxidants from drinking coffee than any other dietary source

By Dr. Mercola

Coffee has been identified over recent years as having several health benefits, including lowering the risks of some of the most serious and common diseases, such as stroke, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Scientists haven't always been able to pinpoint the mechanisms for the beneficial and protective aspects of coffee, but new information has come to light, according to a study published in PLOS Biology.

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