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11/15/2012 08:08 am ET

9 Essential Health Facts About Caffeine

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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.

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

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