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Here’s a rundown of what you’ll get from your daily caffeine shot. (Make it black and filtered! Avoid milk, cream and sugar; research confirms they block the benefits.)

Drinking three or more cups a day slashes the risk of basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, by 40 per cent. Other cancers caffeine protects against: breast, the most lethal form of prostate, liver and endometrial. Caffeine-laced water (but not energy drinks), tea and chocolate protect, too.

Four cups a day reduces your risk for type 2 diabetes and protects you from developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Caffeine also has been shown to boost muscle power and endurance.

You can cut your risk of heart failure by 11 per cent with four cups a day.

Good news for decaf drinkers: A large study from 1995 to 2008 found that three cups a day of either decaf or regular lowered the risk of dying from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes and infections.


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