Science Has Many Ways to Justify Your Caffeine Addiction

The latest study found coffee consumption reduces risk of depression in women

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It's always fun to find out that your drug addiction is actually good for you. Science has found that women who regularly consume coffee are less likely to suffer depression. While studies have linked coffee consumption with some nasty health side effects, like acid reflux, upset stomachs and muscle tremors in the short-term, ulcers and insomnia, you're addicted and we bet you won't stop downing the morning savior any time soon. So let's focus on the positive that science has to offer.

  • Coffee could reduce the risk of serious liver damage. For people who are seriously hurting their livers, like alcoholics, caffeine might help the liver out, found a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and Social & Scientific Systems Inc study. 
  • It might stave off Alzheimer's disease. Big caffeine addicts could help delay or prevent the symptom's of the disease, according to University of South Florida research. 
  • You can even use it as sunblock. Applied directly to the skin, caffeine prevents certain types of skin cancer, found a study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States of America
  • Two cups a day reduces the risk of stroke, Scientists at the Karonlinska Institute in Stockholm found
  • Coffee drinkers are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease and dementia, according to trusty old WebMD.  
  • Even smelling those delicious roasted grounds has health benefits. A whiff and sip of Joe before a workout reduces pain, research indicated. 

So coffee addicts, keep on drinking. It'll do your body some sort of good if it doesn't keep you up all night with a bleeding ulcer.

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