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Caffeine May Have Anti-Diabetic Properties

Coffee has been gaining widespread attention for its potential to decrease the risk of diabetes. A recent Japanese study found that these benefits may be largely due to the caffeine found in coffee.

Researchers from Nagoya University conducted the study which was published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

A type of lab mouse that develops diabetes was used for the study. The mice were divided into two groups. One group received normal drinking water for 5 weeks and the other received diluted coffee.

At the end of the study, the mice drinking the diluted coffee did not develop high blood sugar levels, but those drinking the normal drinking water did. In addition, levels of pro-inflammatory proteins associated with diabetes were reduced in the mice drinking the diluted coffee.

The researchers also observed similar anti-diabetic effects when the mice were fed drinking water with caffeine added.

Previous research has suggested that the high level of antioxidants and magnesium in coffee may also be linked to the beverage’s anti-diabetic benefits.

Research has also shown a potential link between coffee and reductions in the risk of prostate cancer, cirrhosis and oral cavities. Over half a dozen different studies have also shown that people who drink coffee regularly are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.

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