According to UCSF (and common medical science), “Excessive premature atrial contractions (PACs) have been shown to result in atrial fibrillation, stroke and death while excessive premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) have been shown to result in increased heart failure, coronary artery disease and death. Both abnormalities were tied to caffeine consumption through studies and trials, but these studies were performed several decades ago and did not use PACs and PVCs as a primary outcome.”
A recent study from UCSF, published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, researched the chronic consumption of caffeine over a 12 month period and found that (contrary to popular belief) regular caffeine consumption does not lead to extra heartbeats.
“Clinical recommendations advising against the regular consumption of caffeinated products to prevent disturbances of the heart’s cardiac rhythm should be reconsidered, as we may unnecessarily be discouraging consumption of items like chocolate, coffee and tea that might actually have cardiovascular benefits,” said senior author [of the study] Gregory Marcus, MD, MAS, a UCSF Health cardiologist and director of clinical research in the UCSF Division of Cardiology.
*And the crowd goes wild! Coffee, tea and chocolate lovers of the world rejoice!*
So if more caffeine consumption does not have a negative impact on the heart, in honor of a month dedicated to love let’s take a look at the health benefits associated with coffee, tea and chocolate; three treats that we do LOVE.
- Potentially protect against type 2 diabetes (Harvard School of Public Health)
- Potentially reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease and slow shaking in existing cases (Research Institute of the McGill University Healthy Centre)
- Lowers risk of liver cancer by about 40% (Milan’s Institute di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri)
- Can lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver in alcohol drinkers by about 22% (Kaiser Permanente)
- Can protect against heart failure (Harvard School of Public Health)
According to Time.com certain teas can:
- Boost exercise endurance
- Reduce the risk of heart attack
- Protect against a “boatload” of cancers including: breast, colon, skin, lung, stomach, liver, ovarian and prostrate
- Improve bone mineral density
According to huffingtonpost.com chocolate can:
- Reduce stroke risk
- Lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease
- Improve skin (dark chocolate has antioxidants that can offer protection from UV damage
- Improve blood flow
- Boost you mood
There are a lot of benefits to offering a coffee/tea and vending services at your San Jose, San Francisco Bay Area and East Bay office including increasing employee engagement, increasing productivity, improving employee happiness, and increasing your bottom line. Now you may want to add improving employee health (decreasing sick time) to the list.
For more information on the health benefits of coffee, tea and chocolate (three of our favorite things) or to find out how you can start a coffee and tea service at your San Jose, San Francisco Bay Area and East Bay location today, call PVS Refreshments at 844.527.4800. One of our team specialists will be happy to help you create a program that best fits your company’s needs and that correlates with your company’s health and wellness programs.