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It's not big news that drinking a couple of cups of coffee a day can have some health benefits. Researchers have already proven it reduces the risk of Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
New studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, show that caffeine is also linked to lower risk of stroke, skin cancer, and depression. The researchers say caffeine may be the keyp rotective ingredient, since decaffeinated coffee consumption was not associated with the benefits in these studies.
Dietitians at Weill Cornell Medical College say coffee is rich in antioxidants that can protect against cancer, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. But they can't say it's only coffee that makes people healthier, because there are so many variables.
The depression study included 50,000 women at about 63 years of age. Those who drank four 8-ounce cups of caffeinated coffee daily were 20 percent less likely to become depressed.
The cancer study found that drinking four cups a day was associated with the lowest risk of basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.
A stoke study didn't pinpoint how coffee affected the brain, but three to four cups a day protected it from stroke. Drinking more than that did not increase protection.
So unless you have been instructed by your physician to avoid coffee or caffeine, relax and sit down with your favorite cup.