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I love drinking coffee! When I lived in Cuba, every morning my tia (Spanish for Aunt) would make a pot of café, pan con mantequilla (bread with butter) and croquetas. In Cuba, we drink tiny cups called “tazas.” Cuba has the best coffee in the world...don’t debate with me. Believe me, it’s rich and really strong! It will get you wired throughout the day! There’s a lot to love about your daily cup of coffee and you will be surprise about the benefits of caffeine.

According to the British Medical Journal, coffee drinkers may enjoy more health benefits than people who don’t drink the brew. Recent studies show drinking coffee and other drinks such as energy beverages have many eye-opening benefits such as:

  1. Caffeine may lower skin cancer risk. A recent article from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, reports a higher caffeine consumption lower the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.

  2. Caffeine can help to alleviate pain. When I have a headache, drinking a cup of coffee actually provides me with migraine pain relief for over 6 hours. 100 mg of caffeine plus a single dose of 200 mg of Ibuprofen is more effective for headache relief or menstrual cramps.

  3. I drink coffee before I head to the gym. Why? It powers my work out! Caffeine makes working out easier.

  4. Caffeine may lower rates of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Recent studies performed on mice have suggested caffeine might be helpful in treating Alzheimer’s disease.

  5. Caffeine consumption may improve your memory and better planning, organizing and time management.

  6. Drinking caffeine in moderation (3-4 cups a day) is linked to lowering risks of developing a stroke or heart disease.

  7. May help lower risk of colorectal cancer and death from the disease.

  8. Researchers found that those who drank more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee per day had half the risk of death from oral cancer.

While coffee consumption may have some health benefits, people should proceed with caution. Remember caffeine is a drug and like any other drug, it can have harmful effects when ingested in excessive amounts. Drinking more than 500 mg of caffeine can cause nervousness, irritability, insomnia, upset stomach, tremors, and irregular heartbeat. Pregnant women should limit their intake of caffeine. According to the Dr. Joseph Wax, chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Obstetric Practice, “consuming moderate amounts of caffeine up to 200 mg per day is not associated with increased risks for preterm birth or miscarriages. If you have any heart conditions, you should limit your caffeine because it can accelerate one’s heart rate

Decaffeinated coffee still contains caffeine! But go ahead and buy yourself a nice hot cup of coffee! Enjoy!