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6/26/06

Coffee and Milk Benefits

A study of over 28 thousand post-menopausal women found those who drank six or more cups a day had a 22 percent lower risk of developing type two diabetes compared to women who didn't drink coffee.

The benefit was even greater if all that coffee was decaf. The report in the archives of Internal Medicine emphasizes it is not the caffeine, but some other mineral in the coffee bean that appears to provide some benefit.

Milk is getting kudos too. This time because it might lower your blood pressure.

A Harvard study of nearly five-thousand men and women finds those who had three or more dairy servings daily, had a 54 percent lower risk of developing high blood pressure. And just like caffeine didn't get the credit earlier.

Experts say calcium may not be the reason for low blood pressure.  Instead, they believe other minerals in dairy foods like potassium and magnesium may provide the benefit.

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