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5 Health Perks of Drinking Coffee

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Like baseball, hot dogs and apple pie, Americans love coffee. In fact, more Americans drank coffee than soft drinks in 2014, according to annual trends reported by the National Coffee Association.

The NCA has conducted a survey annually since 1950. Their 2014 survey showed that 61 percent of Americans ages 25-39 — primarily gourmet connoisseurs — go for the pick-me-up every day.

Getting your daily perk may do more than rev your engines. Studies show there may be some health benefits to raising your cup.

Here are five guilt-free reasons to drink up.

Brain Food

Just one cup of joe a day may keep your brain sharp as you age. A study from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences found 3 mg of caffeine each day — about the amount found in a cup of coffee — blocked the disruptive effects of cholesterol that researchers have linked to Alzheimer’s.

Liver and let Live

Caffeinated coffee can reduce the risk of developing advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis.

It can also lessen the risk for a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) due to fatty deposits that damage the liver, Dr. Stephen A. Harrison, Associate Dean of San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium said in a 2013 journal review article.

Just two cups a day is all it takes to prevent nonalcoholic-related liver cancer, Harrison said, but there’s a catch. it’s “not a panacea. It’s not a cure. It’s a lifestyle change that may confer a benefit in the majority of patients that consume it over a long period of time.”

Tumor Buster

Women who drank about four cups of coffee per day appeared to have a lower endometrial cancer risk compared with those who drank less than a cup each day, according to a study conducted by Dr. Melissa A. Merritt, a research fellow in cancer epidemiology at Imperial College in London.

Several studies have verified these results, however researchers still don’t know which one, or which combinations of more than 150 compounds found naturally in coffee, could be responsible for decreasing the risk.

Happy Juice

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EmpowHER Guest

It's a sad existence to treat everything we eat or drink as either medicine or poison. The point of enjoyment is completely lost when you think like that.

February 8, 2015 - 8:22pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I think you're reading too far into it. Its not typecasting such things as medicine or poison, it's just general information. Maybe if we all were more informed we would make smart decisions. I like to know what's going into my body, good and bad.

February 13, 2015 - 3:10pm
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