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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Health benefits of coffee: Harvard research

Highlights from Harvard research include:

A 2005 study exploring concerns that too much coffee was bad for blood pressure found no link between higher blood pressure and coffee and found some suggestion that it improved blood pressure.

Regular coffee drinking was linked in a 2011 Harvard study to lower risk of a deadly form of prostate cancer.

Also in 2011, a study showed that drinking four or more cups a day lowered the rate of depression among women.

A 2012 study tied three cups a day to a 20 percent lower risk of basal cell carcinoma.

A 2013 Harvard study linked coffee consumption to a reduced risk of suicide.

Also in 2013, a Harvard analysis of 36 studies covering more than a million people found that even heavy coffee consumption did not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and that three to five cups of coffee daily provided the most protection against cardiovascular disease.

Also in 2014, Harvard Chan School researchers found that increasing coffee consumption by more than a cup a day over a four-year period reduced type 2 diabetes risk by 11 percent.

The same study showed that those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup a day increased their type 2 diabetes risk by 17 percent.

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