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Coffee is the ultimate health drink

Who does not love a study that validates one of life’s habitual pleasures? Whether it’s an iced latte, a double espresso, or simply a hot cup of brown liquid in the cafeteria, many of us have an emotional attachment as well as a physiologic dependence on coffee. In a study of more than 82,000 women, increased caffeine intake, particularly from caffeinated coffee, decreased risk of developing rosacea. This association was not found for caffeine from other food sources (ie., tea, soda, chocolate). Overall, participants who drank 4 cups of coffee per day were less likely to develop rosacea compared with participants who did not drink coffee. It is thought that caffeine’s vasoconstrictive and immune suppressive effects might decrease the risk of rosacea. Studies provide evidence that patients with rosacea need not avoid coffee, and it offers all of us 1 more reason to continue drinking coffee regularly.

Coffee seems to protect against cancer (including total cancer, as well as prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, melanoma, nonmelanoma skin cancer, and liver cancer), cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes , chronic liver disease, Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, and depression. Above all, coffee protects from all-cause mortality. Pregnancy is one of the few times in which higher coffee consumption (usually more than 3-4 cups daily) is a risk factor for adverse outcomes, including low birth weight, preterm delivery, pregnancy loss, and childhood leukemia. For this reason, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists currently recommends less than 200 mg of caffeine (1-2 cups of coffee) during pregnancy.

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