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Drinking tea, coffee may increase the ability to withstand pain: Study

It's not just caffeine, a study has shown, for example, that a plant-based diet can actually help increase pain tolerance

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Nicholas Bakalar | NYT
Consuming caffeine regularly may increase the ability to withstand pain, a small study suggests. Researchers recruited 62 men and women, ages 19 to 77, and had them record their daily caffeine intake from coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks and chocolate. They averaged 170 milligrams of caffeine a day, about the amount in two cups of coffee, although 15 per cent of the group consumed more than 400 milligrams a day. The study is in Psychopharmacology.

After seven days, they took the volunteers into a laboratory to test their pain tolerance using calibrated devices that gradually increased heat or pressure on a

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First Published: Sep 29 2018 | 9:49 PM IST

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