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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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Number Eight Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

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Number Eight Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

This is number 8 in our 13-day "health benefits of coffee" series.   8. Coffee Appears to Have Protective Effects on The Liver The liver is an amazing organ that carries out hundreds of important functions in the body. Several common diseases primarily affect the liver, including hepatitis, fatty liver disease and others. Many of these diseases can lead to a condition called cirrhosis, in which the liver has been largely replaced by scar tissue. It turns out that coffee may protect against cirrhosis. People who drink 4 or more cups per day have up to an 80% lowerrisk (36, 37,...

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Number Seven Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

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Number Seven Health Benefit of Drinking Coffee

This is number 7 in our 13-day "health benefits of coffee" series. 7. Caffeine May Lower The Risk of Parkinson’s Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, right after Alzheimer’s. It is caused by death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain. Same as with Alzheimer’s, there is no known cure, which makes it that much more important to focus on prevention. In studies, coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, with a reduction in risk ranging from 32-60% (31, 32, 33, 34). In this case, it appears to be the caffeine itself that is...

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