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New Studies Tout Coffee's Health Benefits

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

We've all been told to lay off the coffee-- that it can lead to heart palpitations, anxiety and insomnia.  But research in the New England Journal of Medicine noticed what a positive side effect: coffee drinkers live longer.  They did a 14-year-long study and noticed that the participants who had two or three cups a day and didn't smoke were 10% to 13% more likely to still be around at the end of the 14 years than those who never or rarely drank coffee.  According to the researchers, more cups mean a lower risk of stroke, diabetes and heart and respiratory disease.


And if you're looking for more good news about coffee, drinking two cups of coffee a day could stop breast cancer recurring in recovering patients.  That's according to a five-year study at Lund University in Sweden.  Their researchers believe that coffee actually boosts the effect of the cancer drug Tamoxifen and could cut the rate of recurrence of breast cancer in half.


Also, the American Cancer Society says drinking coffee may help reduce the risk of dying from oral cancer.  The study shows men and women who drank four cups of coffee a day were 50% less likely to die from oral cancer than those who rarely or occasionally drank.


But remember, coffee is not a substitute for water.  If you're going to be a coffee drinker, you need to make sure you stay hydrated.


By Fred Cantu 

New Studies Tout Coffee's Health Benefits


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