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Good news for coffee drinkers: the morning cuppa may be good for your bones

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MILAN – A study by the Cleveland Clinic has found that coffee may be beneficial for our bones. Researchers looked at data on 564 people, found people who habitually drank coffee had higher bone mass density than non-coffee drinkers.

“Habitual coffee intake was positively and significantly associated with bone mineral density at the lumbar spine and femoral neck,” according to the study.

“Three metabolites, in particular, were associated with an increase in bone density in the population, and also, a decrease in the risk of fracture,” said Dr. Chad Deal of Cleveland Clinic, who did not take part in the study.

Deal said the relationship between coffee and bone health has been studied before, and the results have been conflicting.

While there had previously been studies suggesting that coffee consumption could have negative effects on bone health, those same studies when analyzed, found that those those who drank more coffee also drank less calcium-containing beverages, which contributed to an increased risk of osteoporosis, said Harvard Health.

Deal said a potential benefit from this research, comes from the identification of the above mentioned metabolites in coffee that are good for the health of our bones.

He said this opens the door for more possibilities when it comes to creating new drugs to help protect bone health in the future.