Thursday, September 3, 2009

Excess Caffeine Consumption Can Impair Heart Health

Source: (HealthDay)

We've all heard the old adage that too much caffeine can make you jittery, but it turns out that it can also lead to atrial fibrilation and heart disease, too. That is, unless you follow a Mediterranean-style diet.

New research out of Italy, presented this week at the European Society of Cardiology's annual meeting in Barcelona has shown that individuals who consume whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins including fish and lots of olive oil are protected from the potential harms of excess amounts of caffeine.

According to the news release, study author Dr. Anna Vittoria Mattioli, of the University of Modena in Italy, said "Our study suggests that high intake of coffee increases the risk of arrhythmias in people without known cardiac disease,"

To get the whole scoop, check out the article called "Caffeine Without Healthy Diet Linked to Heart Risk" (Sep. 2, 2009).