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Today is National Coffee Day! The advantages of coffee have long been researched. As you appreciate your cup of joe, delight in these added benefits:

  • A study presented in April 2014 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Researchers, suggested that people who drank at least a cup of coffee a day have a lower risk of liver cancer compared to those who only had the occasional cup of coffee.
  • In January 2014, Johns Hopkins University researchers found that caffeine enhanced certain memories for up to 24 hours after consumption.
  • In a study of more than 123,000 adults, those who boosted their daily coffee intake by more than one cup over four years saw their risk of diabetes decrease. While those who drank less coffee saw their odds for diabetes increase.
  • A study from China that lasted more than 20 years and had more than 63,000 participants found drinking two or more cups of coffee a day was associated with a 66 percent lower risk of death from cirrhosis of the liver.
  • In August 2014, a study of more than 65,000 American women found that women who consumed higher amounts of caffeine were less likely to have tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
  • A Harvard study found no evidence that drinking up to six cups of coffee will increase your risk of death from any cause, or death from cancer or cardiovascular disease.
  • A Japanese study found that people who drank coffee or green tea had a 20 to 30 percent lower risk for stroke than people who rarely drank them.
  • The American Heart Association reported that in a small study, a cup of coffee improved small blood vessel function.

Most of these benefits are only gained when your drink your coffee black. Remember to talk to your doctor about caffeine and your health. 

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Melody Kitchen is the director of communications at UofL Health. She has more than 15 years of health care marketing experience. Melody believes that empowering people with health care knowledge enables them to be better advocates for their own health care. Melody received her bachelor's and master's from Texas Tech University.

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