drinking coffee for healthier lifestyle

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Enjoy Your Joe
A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that caffeinated coffee may help prevent malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Researchers found that people who regularly drank four or more cups (the equivalent of two Grandes at Starbucks) a day had on average a 25 percent lower risk of developing melanoma over the course of about ten years. One theory is that the roasting process produces vitamins that may protect against UVB damage. While decaf didn't show the same effect, another recent report linked drinking three to five cups (decaf or caffeinated) daily to a potential decrease in the risk of heart disease.