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Coffee reveals itself as an unlikely elixir

From liver disease to diabetes, coffee compounds protect against an array of health conditions

12:02pm, September 18, 2015
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COOL BEANS  Despite its checkered past and addictive nature, coffee has proven itself to be a positive player in human health. 

For a historically mistrusted drink, coffee is proving to be a healthy addiction. Scientific findings in support of coffee’s nutritional attributes have been arriving at a steady drip since the 1980s, when Norwegian researchers reported that coffee seemed to fend off liver disease. Since then, the dark brown beverage has shown value against liver cancer, too, as well as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Coffee even appears to protect against depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

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