1) Why can drinking two to three cups of coffee a day lower the risk of heart disease and dangerous heart rhythms while helping people live longer?

Coffee contains certain active compounds, which lower inflammation, prevent gut fat absorption, and attack receptors causing unusual heart rhythms. Additionally, they reduce oxidative stress- an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals. 

 2) Can adding things like sugar or creamer dramatically change how healthy coffee is or are they okay to use?

Adding sugar or creamer mainly increases the number of calories with almost zero nutrients. Even coffee mate lacks vitamins and minerals. Regular drinking only implies accumulating harmful chemicals in the body.

3) What is an unhealthy amount of coffee?

Adults should avoid consuming more than 400 mg of brewed coffee per day, whereas teenagers not go beyond 100 mg daily.

Elena Ognivtseva
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Nutritionist, Cornell University, MS

I believe that nutrition science is a wonderful helper both for the preventive improvement of health and adjunctive therapy in treatment. My goal is to help people improve their health and well-being without torturing themselves with unnecessary dietary restrictions. I am a supporter of a healthy lifestyle – I play sports, cycle, and swim in the lake all year round. With my work, I have been featured in Vice, Country Living, Harrods magazine, Daily Telegraph, Grazia, Women's Health, and other media outlets.

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