Good news to coffee and tea drinkers out there! A new study shows that coffee and tea can help protect against heart disease. Another study says that four cups of coffee a day can reduce risk of oral cancer and three cups of tea can reduce the risk of breast cancer as well.
According to a study from the Netherlands of 40,000 people found that consuming coffee or tea daily cut the chance of heart disease risk by one third. The amount? Two to four cups a day and beyond that there was no chance of reduced risk. The thought is that coffee includes properties that could both “increase and reduce risk” by raising cholesterol but fighting damage that causes heart disease.
As for oral cancer risk being lowered by coffee, a study found that regular coffee drinkers were 39% less likely to develop the cancers. This follows a Japanese study that showed that drinking at least one cup of coffee a day were less likely to get tumors.
Tea also is showing to help reduce the risk of cancers, particularly breast cancer in women, by 37%. The study showed that the benefits seemed to effect young woman better than older women.
Coffee and tea seem to be a great way to help keep us healthy! One must also keep in mind to continue to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to get the full benefit, of course.
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