Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health found that coffee does not lead to long-term effects on high blood pressure for women. The study followed 155,594 female nurses over a 12-year period and found those who drank more than three cups of coffee per day were 7 percent to 12 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who drank little or no coffee.

On the other hand, women who drank at least four cans of cola daily (what is that, one Big Gulp… two?) had a 28 percent to 44 percent higher risk of high blood pressure, compared with women who drank few or none.

Perhaps the biggest deal: the study concluded that the antioxidants in coffee helped keep blood pressure down. That’s good news for everybody.

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