Coffee is good for you

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  • Don't cut out coffee altogether, it's good for you say scientists

    Drinking coffee early and often is good for you, according to research.

    After some medical studies claimed our favourite morning tipple was a dangerous diuretic and linked to illnesses including heart disease and cancer, many regular coffee drinkers dropped their skinny latte altogether.

    That, coupled with news that the nation’s morning Starbucks has been one of the first pleasures to go since the credit crunch descended, means coffee has taken a back seat.

    However, new long-term studies conducted over several years have recently emerged to show the health benefits of a moderate caffeine injection.  

    A large Californian clinical trial showed that there is no evidence that coffee increases the risk of heart attack, sudden death or heart rhythms.

    Meanwhile, a review of 66 clinical trials published last year revealed that drinking coffee has no carcinogenic effect and even suggested that coffee-drinking can prevent cancer. Japanese researchers reported in 2005 that 90,000 men and women who drank two cups of coffee a day for ten years, had half the risk of developing liver cancer compared to those who never drank it.

    However, as with anything, the key is moderation, say experts who do warn that coffee is an addictive drug and drinking too much can cause symptoms similar to panic attacks and chronic anxiety.

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