More Perks of Coffee

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People who drink moderate amounts of coffee-no more than 5 cups per day-are less likely to die from type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or neurological diseases compared to people who don't indulge in the brew. That's the conclusion of a 30-year study of more than 200,000 doctors and nurses, published in the American Heart Association journalCirculation. Both regular and decaf coffee had the same effects. "Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systemic inflammation," says Ming Ding, MD, the study's lead author.

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A recent Harvard University report noted these coffee benefits: lower blood pressure, a slower rate of weight gain with age, and reduced risks for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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You can barely turn around these days without running into a coffee shop. But did you know that America's obsession with this potent brew is actually good for us? Following are some of coffee's health benefits.