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February 6, 2009 • Brain Health, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Enjoy Your Java

With the exception of those who are pregnant, coffee is not only a remarkably safe (and delicious!) beverage, mounting science is discovering that it conveys significant health benefits too. A new report in the American Journal of Epidemiology (Dec. 08) that followed over 38,000 adults for a 13 year period found those who drank 1 or more cups of coffee a day were 50% less likely to get cancer of the mouth or throat compared to non-coffee drinkers.  And there was more joyful java news from the January issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease where researchers reported that people who drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day were 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who drank little to none.  FYI – the data is convincing that regular coffee consumption decreases the risk of Parkinson’s Disease and gallstones, while enhancing mental performance, mood, and physical endurance.  For more on drinking for good health, check out my quick video tips, Tea Time and Water — The Beverage of Choice.