Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Coffee's Many Health Benefits

Thursday, 02 Aug 2012 06:15 AM

When Steve Martin stirred up a pan of cowboy coffee in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," the joe was strong enough to deliver its top health benefits in a single serving. But if you favor a more moderate cuppa, here's a rundown of what you'll get from your daily dose. (Make it black and filtered! And avoid milk, cream, and sugar; research confirms they block the benefits.)

1. Drinking three or more cups a day of high-test (caffeinated) coffee slashes the risk of basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, by 40 percent. Other cancers caffeine protects against: breast, the most lethal form of prostate, liver (and other liver diseases), and endometrial. Caffeine-laced water (but not energy drinks — most contain a bunch of stuff that negates the long-term benefits), tea, and chocolate protect, too.

2. Four cups of joe a day reduces your risk for Type-2 diabetes and protects you from developing Alzheimer's disease. (Once you have Type-2 diabetes, however, coffee makes it harder to control your glucose levels.)

3. Caffeine also has been shown to boost muscle power and endurance.

4. You can cut your risk of heart failure by 11 percent with four cups a day.

5. Good news for decaf drinkers: A large study from 1995 to 2008 found that three cups a day of either decaf or regular lowered the risk of dying (during those years) from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections.


© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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