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Caffeine's Surprising Health Benefits

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by Stacey Colino


You love it. You crave it. You can't start your day without it -- your morning cup of coffee or tea, that is. In fact, in a recent Live Right Live Well poll, 79 percent of you said you would rather give up sweets and alcohol than caffeine.


Good news! Despite previous concerns to the contrary, "caffeine consumption up to 300 mg [or about two cups of coffee] per day has been shown to have no harmful effects," says Stanley Segall, Ph.D., professor emeritus of nutrition and food sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Even better, recent research has revealed that caffeine provides "a number of beneficial effects on a laundry list of conditions," says Segall.


On the Positive Side...
When it comes to immediate, short-term benefits, caffeine can increase mental focus and alertness, improve some aspects of working memory (such as the ability to process visual information quickly and to recall words and numbers) and cure a headache (which is why many headache remedies contain caffeine).

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