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9 Essential Health Facts About Caffeine

11/15/2012 08:08 am ET

2012-07-16-eh_logo.jpg By Wyatt Myers Medically reviewed by Cynthia Haines, M.D.

As any habitutal coffee drinker knows, caffeine is a stimulant and a drug. Consume too much, and you'll find yourself addicted and at-risk for associated health problems. But at the same time, study after study has shown that moderate consumption of caffeine-rich foods such as coffee, tea and dark chocolate can help lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer -- partially because these foods are all rich sources of disease-fighting antioxidants. But before you pour another cup of joe or open that soda, here's what you need to know.

Essential Health Facts About Caffeine

"9 Essential Facts About Caffeine" originally appeared on Everyday Health

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