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We also know that caffeine has it's pros and cons. While it can improve your workout and protect against ovarian cancer, it can also affect blood sugar levels and increase the risk of miscarriage. But did you know that coffee contains special compounds that go beyond just the caffeine jolt of java that you usually hear about? According to caffeine research done at the University of South Florida, there is an unidentified component in coffee that interacts with caffeine that actually helps to prevent or delay the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Today, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

Despite the encouraging results, more research is needed to better understand the benefits of coffee and how they can be used to improve health, researchers say. Additionally, the coffee research was  done on mice, and — as you might expect — the results aren't always the same in humans. Regardless, if you're a coffee drinker, it's another reason to feel good about drinking coffee in moderation!

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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