Thursday, September 6, 2012
Researchers in Norway have found that coffee could reduce physical pain.
Doctors studied volunteers who spent 90 minutes performing computer tasks meant to mimic office work. The tasks were known to cause pain in the shoulders, neck, forearms and wrists.
The Los Angeles Times reports the researchers wanted to compare how people with chronic pain and those who were pain-free tolerated the tasks.
The study found that people who drank coffee before the tasks reported a lower intensity of pain than those who didn't down a cup of joe.
The study was published in the journal BMC Research Notes this week. Researchers caution that because the study was not designed to test coffee's influence on pain, the results come with many uncertainties.
Previous research has found that the drink -- or the beans -- can help with weight loss, reduce one's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or dementia, boost muscle growth, protect against certain types of cancers and can even reduce one's risk of premature death.