health benefits of coffee

  1. Coffee protects small blood vessels

    Coffee helps circulation

    Forget statins -- if you REALLY want to protect your arteries, improve circulation and prevent heart problems, brew yourself a cup of coffee instead.

    Coffee is a well-established tonic for the heart, and the latest research shows one more way it can help: A daily cup or two can improve the function of your small blood vessels.

    "Small" might be baked right into the name, but there's nothing "small" about what they do. These critical capillaries carry oxygen and vital nutrients throughout the body and deliver them wherever they're needed.

    If the USPS were half as efficient, it wouldn't be going bankrupt right now.

    And if you want to take this already great delivery system and make it even better, have a cup of coffee. In a little more than an hour, coffee can improve the function of your small blood vessels by 30 percent, according to the new study.

    I can't think of a single drug that improves vascular function by 30 percent -- certainly not the statins that some 72 million Americans are now expected to take.

    And I certainly can't think of a drug that works this well, this fast and with no risks.

    Of course, the naysayers are already out in force, claiming one small study isn't an excuse to go caffeine crazy.

    And they're right... one small study isn't an excuse for anything.

    But there's more than one study that backs the benefits of coffee, because this miracle elixir has proven time and again to help protect the heart and brain and even fight off certain cancers.

    So go ahead -- pour yourself another mug and drink up, because a little coffee is just what the doctor ordered.

  2. Coffee's amazing liver protection

    The bad habit that can save your liver

    If you've got a healthy liver, you probably never give it a second thought. And if you want to continue to have a healthy liver you never have to think about, do yourself a favor and start your day off with a cup of coffee.

    It's not just nature's best eye-opener. It's a nutritional super-drink packed with vitamins critical to health and longevity -- and new research shows it can actually prevent one of the worst diseases of the liver: liver cancer.

    On average, any coffee habit at all will slash your risk of this potentially life-ruining -- not to mention life-ending -- disease by 40 percent.

    And if you drink three cups a day, you could cut your risk of liver cancer in half, according to the review of 16 studies.

    Now, this isn't a clinical trial, so you have to take it with a grain of salt... or at least a splash of fresh cream. But we know from other studies that coffee can reduce the risk of other liver diseases, including cirrhosis.

    Coffee could even help undo some of the liver damage from a heavy booze habit. (Emphasis on "some." If you're a hardcore lush, the damage will catch up with you eventually, no matter how much coffee you drink.)

    And some people will still try to tell you coffee is a bad habit!

    That's just nonsense. Along with liver protection, coffee can prevent other forms of cancer, boost the heart and brain and keep you sharp and focused.

    The only thing that can ruin a perfectly good mug of coffee is a sweetener -- whether it's sugar or a sugar substitute. Wean yourself off the stuff and learn to love the taste of coffee.

    And if you need something to take the edge off, use more fresh cream.

  3. Boost your mood with coffee

    Coffee is a powerful antidepressant -- so strong it can cut your risk of suicide by more than half.
  4. Coffee can fight cancer

    Coffee's been shown to fight cancer before, and new research finds it can cut your risk of dying from oral cancer in half.
  5. Coffee drinkers live longer

    The largest study of its kind finds that people who drink the most coffee every day have a lower risk of death.
  6. The good news about java

    After all, I've been championing the joys and "bean-efits" of java since long before the marketing geniuses behind Starbucks came along and made hot coffee cool again.

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