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Number Thirteen Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

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Number Thirteen Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

This is number 13 in our 13-day "health benefits of drinking coffee" series. 13. Coffee is The Biggest Source of Antioxidants in The Western Diet For people who eat a standard Western diet, coffee may actually be the healthiest aspect of the diet. That’s because coffee contains a massive amount of antioxidants. In fact, studies show that most people get more antioxidants from coffee than both fruits and vegetables… combined (56, 57, 58). Coffee is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Period.

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Number Twelve Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

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Number Twelve Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

This is number 12 in our 13-day "health benefits of coffee" series. 12. Coffee May Help You Live Longer Given that coffee drinkers are less likely to get many diseases, it makes sense that coffee could help you live longer. There are actually several observational studies showing that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death. In two very large studies, drinking coffee was associated with a 20% lower risk of death in men and a 26% lower risk of death in women, over a period of 18-24 years (54). This effect appears to be particularly strong in type II...

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Number Eleven Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

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Number Eleven Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

This is number 11 in our 13-day "health benefits of coffee" series. 11. Coffee Does Not Cause Heart Disease and May Lower The Risk of Stroke It is often claimed that caffeine can increase blood pressure. This is true, but the effect is small (3-4 mm/Hg) and usually goes away if you drink coffee regularly (45, 46). However, the effect may persist in some people, so keep that in mind if you have elevated blood pressure (47, 48). That being said, the studies do NOT support the myth that coffee raises the risk of heart disease (49, 50). In fact,...

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Number Ten Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

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Number Ten Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

This is number 10 in our 13-day "health benefits of coffee" series. 10. Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Some Types of Cancer Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death and is characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells in the body. Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer… liver cancer and colorectal cancer. Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, while colorectal cancer ranks fourth (41). Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer (42, 43). One study of 489,706...

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Number Nine Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

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Number Nine Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

This is number 9 in our 13-day "health benefits of coffee" series. 9. Coffee Can Fight Depression and Make You Happier Depression is a serious mental disorder that causes a significantly reduced quality of life. It is incredibly common and about 4.1% of people in the U.S. currently meet the criteria for clinical depression. In a Harvard study published in 2011, women who drank 4 or more cups per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed (39). Another study with 208,424 individuals found that those who drank 4 or more cups per day were 53% less likely to...

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