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Drink Up -- Coffee is Good for You

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From time to time news stories float around about how coffee is good for you, coffee is bad for you, etc. For the coffee fanatics among us, let’s focus today on all the “good for you” stories.

First, if you’re interested in where to get your caffeine fix and background info on caffeine and its concentration from various sources:

Brewed coffee (7 oz) 115-175 mg
Coca-Cola Classic (12 oz) 34 mg
Mountain Dew (12 oz) 54.5 mg
NoDoz, regular strength (1 tablet) 100 mg
Excedrin (1 tablet) 65 mg

(Of course, the following news stories, while encouraging to the caffeine-addicted, are all preliminary, so take it all with… a cup of coffee).

Individuals who drink more coffee (regular or decaffeinated) or tea appear to have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Data presented at the Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference showed coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of advanced prostate cancer.

When aged mice bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease began drinking caffeine before the cognitive impairments set in, they had fewer plaques and did better on memory tasks. When they began drinking caffeine after their cognitive abilities had began to decline, their memory improved to about the performance of normal mice.

Coffee can actually lead to good breath.

Caffeine consumption seems to reduce pain from physical exercise.

A study found that drinking coffee might reduce the risk of stroke.

Using mice that develop a multiple sclerosis-like condition, scientists found that drinking caffeine protected mice from developing the condition.

A study found a correlation between higher coffee consumption and lower liver cancer risk.

Caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee consumption was associated with a somewhat smaller rate of death from heart disease.

Of course, there are some possible negatives, such as the report that people who ingest a lot of caffeine are more likely to report experiencing hallucinations.

And then there’s this situation:


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