More good news for coffee drinkers says the NY Times

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Many of us enjoy our coffee in the morning, and Starbucks has become a successful company partly because of our need and desire for our morning boost. Coffee has shown itself to have certain health benefits such as improved liver function and improved circulatory system function as well. Just recently, there is mounting evidence that coffee drinkers are more likely to survive colon cancer as well according to the NY Times. Check out the article here

Daily Coffee May Boost Colon Cancer Survival

Colon cancer patients who were heavy coffee drinkers had a far lower risk of dying or having their cancer return than those who did not drink coffee, with significant benefits starting at two to three cups a day, a new study found. Patients who drank four cups of caffeinated coffee or more a day had half the rate of recurrence or death than noncoffee drinkers.

But, the researchers caution, cancer patients should not start ordering extra tall coffees. The study, the first to report such findings, does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between coffee drinking and a lower risk of colon cancer recurrence. As other experts note, there may be differences between heavy coffee drinkers and abstainers that the research was not able to account for.

In recent years, many studies have pointed to coffee's health benefits, suggesting coffee may protect against Type 2 diabetes, reduce overall deaths and perhaps even help protect against dementia. Other studies have suggested coffee may reduce the risks of certain cancers, including colon cancer. The benefits are generally attributed to coffee's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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