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Study: coffee can work as a pain reliever

Got a headache or minor aches and pains?

Don’t make a doctors appointment or grab that bottle of aspirin. Instead, hit up the local barista for a cup of Joe.

Although the effects have really only been tested in sleep-deprived mice, according to Robert Schmerling, MD, coffee can act as a pain reliever.

And while it may seem unbelievable, a jolt of Java can actually keep you calm. “The caffeine in coffee mimics anti-stress hormones like progesterone,” notes physiologist and health expert, Dr. Ray Peat.

Dr. Peat does caution that people should avoid excessive amounts of coffee and enjoy it with either a meal or cream and sugar in order to prevent feeling shaky.

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