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Cof­fee drink­ing has been linked to bet­ter work­outs, im­proved mem­ory, and less pain.

Amazing Wellness - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

As a long­time cof­fee lover, I am al­ways happy to read new stud­ies con­firm­ing my no­tion that this brew is good for you. I nod to my­self with smug sat­is­fac­tion that the cof­fee naysay­ers were wrong all along! How can a drink that makes you feel so good be bad?

Cases in point: A re­view study pub­lished in Cir­cu­la­tion this past Novem­ber showed that peo­ple who drink three to five cups of cof­fee a day may be less likely to die pre­ma­turely than those who don’t drink or drink less cof­fee. In the study, both reg­u­lar and de­caf drinkers had a lower risk of death from heart dis­ease, type 2 di­a­betes, neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases, and even sui­cide.

A few years prior to the re­lease of this news, in 2012, Cancer Re­search pub­lished a study that found a lower in­ci­dence of skin cancer in those who im­bibed caf­feinated brews. Other re­search demon­strates colon and oral can­cers are less likely in cof­fee drinkers. And cof­fee drink­ing has been linked to bet­ter work­outs, im­proved mem­ory, and less pain.

Most re­cently, a 2016 study in S cience that an­a­lyzed stool sam­ples of 1,135 peo­ple found that cof­fee con­trib­uted pos­i­tively to mi­cro­bial di­ver­sity in the gut. (Also shown to con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to good gut bugs were tea, wine, and yo­gurt.)

Read more about cof­fee ben­e­fits, along with brew­ing tips and fun facts about cof­fee, in “Cof­fee Buzz” by con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor Vera Tweed on p. 60. Here’s to your health! Ann Nix ED­I­TOR [email protected]­me­dia.com

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