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We love our coffee! After all, 54% of American adults drink coffee regularly. That is good news because there are many health perks of the daily grind. In fact, coffee is now also linked to a reduced skin cancer risk.

Scientists reported last month in the Los Angeles Times that drinking coffee was associated with a decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma. This is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States with approximately one million new cases a year.

According to researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, women who drank more than three cups of coffee had a 20% reduction in risk for skin cancer. Men who drank the same amount of coffee had a 9% reduction in the risk of skin cancer. (As noted previously in this blog, consuming tomato paste may also lower the risk of skin cancer.)

Other health benefits of drinking coffee, reported in the Wall Street Journal, include lowered risk of developing cavities, gallstones, heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

So, enjoy a steaming hot cup of java for a long and healthy life! Now, if you’ll excuse me a moment, I’m going to have a cup of coffee…

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