Coffee and the heart

A number of studies have tried to determine whether coffee increases the risk of heart attacks. There is no clear answer: some studies suggest that it does, others that it doesn’t. A recent study suggests that it may do either, depending on a person’s genetic make-up.

According to Chinese medicine, each organ in the body has its own energy. When an organ has the right amount of energy, it works properly. Too much energy over-excites the organ, making it work harder than necessary. Too little energy makes the organ sluggish. When an organ has too much or too little energy for a long time, the organ will likely get sick. Many factors affect organ energies, including weaknesses with which we’re born.

Heart energy increases with warm weather, activity and bitter foods. It decreases with cold weather and salty foods. Since coffee is bitter, it can increase heart energy. People with a sluggish heart therefore benefit from a moderate amount of coffee, while people with an already over-excited heart risk making the situation worse.

One way to find out whether one has high or low heart energy is to listen to one’s body. People who have a strong desire for bitter foods—black coffee, dark chocolate, cabbage, smoked foods, etc.—are most likely to have low heart energy. Another way is to consult a practitioner of Chinese medicine.

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