Coffee's 5 Healthy Perks

Go ahead and indulge in that latte-it actually might be good for you! Find out why.

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1) It may reduce your chance of developing diabetes.
People who drink three to four cups of coffee each day are 25% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. (Go easy on adding sugar or any flavored syrups, which raise blood sugar and add calories.)

2) It helps reduce muscle soreness after workouts.
A recent study showed that a dose of caffeine equal to that found in two cups of coffee reduced muscle-soreness by nearly half.

3) It's a great source of antioxidants.
Antioxidants help protect your body from heart disease, stroke, and a slew of other diseases.

4) It's a brain booster.
Coffee increases short-term recall, plus people who drink three to five cups of coffee each day are 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

5) It may reduce your risk for developing some cancers.
Coffee drinkers are 50% less likely to get liver cancer than non-coffee drinkers. There's also evidence that consumption is tied to lower rates of colon and breast cancers.

Article by Erin Shaw Street

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