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Save your skin: drink more coffee!

A daily cup could help reduce your risk for melanoma

By Steve Born

Now you have an even more important reason to enjoy your daily coffee. New research suggests that coffee offers powerful protection against malignant melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease. The findings could be especially good news for endurance athletes, who are more vulnerable to skin damage due to their increased exposure to sunlight.

According to an article published in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researcher Erikka Loftfield, MPH, and her colleagues analyzed the coffee intake of more than 447,000 participants in the National Institutes of Health-AARP prospective study. The researchers followed up with the study subjects for an average of 10.5 years. After adjusting for a variety of factors that could influence the development of melanoma, the researchers noted a decreased risk of malignant melanoma for coffee drinkers compared to non-coffee drinkers.

A 10% lower risk of developing malignant melanoma was found for those who drank one to three cups of coffee a day. Subjects drinking four or more cups were found to have a 20% decreased risk. The protective effect of coffee was found in caffeinated coffee but not decaffeinated coffee. This may be due to chance, the researchers suggest, but it could also be due to the caffeine content and/or other compounds (polyphenols, dipertenes, chlorogenic acids) that may be found in higher quantities in caffeinated coffee.

More than a cup of comfort

Dozens of studies support the link between coffee consumption and good health. So you have every reason to drink up! Coffee is more than a comforting way to start your day - it's a tasty herbal beverage with an array of health benefits such as reduced risk of type 2 diabetes; reduced risk of cancer, including prostate, breast, colorectal, and liver cancers; decreased risk of cardiovascular disease; and powerful protection against liver disease.

Perhaps most significant, one 13-year study of more than 400,000 men and women found an association between coffee consumption and reduced risk of death from a variety of causes, including death from injuries, infections, stroke, and heart disease!

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Compare 53x11 to supermarket beans, or even the expensive coffees from trendy chains. You will find that 53x11 is superior coffee and a terrific value. Enjoy it in good health. HN

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