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My friends know they will rarely find me without a coffee mug in hand in the morning. What can I say? I love the stuff! And while some are sensitive to the negative effects of caffeine, I like to dwell on a couple of very real health benefits that coffee may have for you.

For example, a recent study seems to indicate that coffee may have a positive effect on reducing men’s chances for developing prostate cancer. In fact, men who drink four to six cups of coffee per day may be able to reduce their risk by up to 20%.

But, the most impressive part of the study was that it did not matter whether the coffee was caffeinated or decaffeinated.

As for the ladies, coffee may also reduce your chances of developing endometrial cancer which is a form of cancer that attacks the womb. Effecting over 46,000 women each year, this cancer serious and may be linked to levels of estrogen and insulin.

Women who drank an average of 2-4 cups per day also reduced risk of developing endometrial cancer by up to 25%. And like before, caffeine has nothing to do with it. So, those who averaged 2-4 cups of decaffeinated coffee daily reduced their risks as well. Unfortunately, tea (hot or cold) seemed not to alter the risk factor for these women. Of course, more research is needed.

That said; I’m just content to know that, aside from the morning pick me-up, the antioxidants and phenols found in my daily Java could have an overall positive effect on my health.

So, Starbucks lovers rejoice in the fact that your morning cup of joe may help reduce your risks for many different diseases which may afflict you as you get older. In the mean time, I think I'll fill my next cup of the morning. ; )

As Always - Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

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Resources:

Je, Y. Hankinson, S. Tworoger, S. DeVivo, I. Giovannucci, E. A Prospective Cohort Study of Coffee Consumption and Risk of Endometrial Cancer over a 26-Year Follow Up.  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev November 22, 2011 ; Published OnlineFirst November 22, 2011; doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-11-0766.

Wilson, K. Kasperzyk, J. Rider, J. Kenfield, S. Van Dam, R. Stampler, M. Giovannucci, E. Mucci, L. Coffee Consumption and Prostate Cancer Risk and Progression in the Health Professionals follow up Study. JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst (2011) doi: 10.1093/jnci/djr151

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