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Health Benefits of Coffee

September 22nd, 2011 Healthy Living

If you're one of the many people who drink coffee every day, there's no reason to feel guilty about your morning ritual. In fact, you may be doing yourself a favor. Many studies have shown that coffee has several health benefits which can help you live a better life. Here are a few of the advantages, according to Southern Living and

Reduces risk of diabetes Studies have shown that people who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are 25 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This is because coffee can raise levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), which is associated with a decreased risk for type 2 diabetes. As long as you don't add tons of sugar and flavored syrups, your cup of joe may be doing you good.

Reduces muscle soreness Studies have shown that caffeine has a soothing effect on sore muscles. Two cups of coffee is enough to reduce your soreness by about half, according to Southern Living. So think about grabbing a cup or two after a tough workout tomorrow morning!

High source of antioxidants Coffee is one of the most antioxidant packed foods in many peoples' diets. They can help your body protect itself from heart disease, stroke and many other diseases, not to mention premature skin aging.

Improves brain function Coffee has been shown to increase short-term memory, and research has indicated that coffee may one day be a legitimate treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Mice who were bred to develop the disease were given coffee and researchers found that this slowed disease progression or stopped it all together. All the more reason to head to your local coffee shop or fire up the coffee maker!