Enjoy An Extra Cup Of Coffee, It Could Help You Fight Disease - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/16/08

Enjoy An Extra Cup Of Coffee, It Could Help You Fight Disease

Here's a story that coffee drinkers are going to love. A new study shows that, as long as you are not pregnant, you can enjoy your coffee and have another cup if you like.  

It has been linked to a reduced risk of dying from heart disease. Researchers followed 125,000 people for more than 20 years and have determined that there is something in coffee that seems to protect against heart disease and it's not the caffeine. Dr. Harold Sox, of the Annals of Internal Medicine says, "This study suggests almost for sure it's not harmful, and in addition, it may actually help. There is some evidence that coffee contains antioxidants which prevent the oxidation of cholesterol to a more dangerous form of cholesterol".

The study, found in the Annals of Internal Medicine, finds that women who drank two to three cups of coffee a day were 25% less likely to die of heart disease than those who did not. Women who drank up to four or five cups a day dropped their risk by 34%.  In fact, the study found that men and women who drank up to six cups a day, whether regular or decaf, were no more likely to die of cancer or any other disease than those who did not drink coffee.      

According to this research, if you like coffee, you can drink up and not feel guilty about it. This study was not funded by coffee makers but by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.

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