Caffeinated Coffee: The Anti-Cancer Wonder Drug
Does Coffee Cause or Prevent Cancer?
Just decades ago doctors and health professionals were warning about the dangers of having too much coffee because of the risk that caffeine was thought to have on the body.
However, the last decade has shed a lot of light on the health benefits of coffee and its relationship to cancer.
Many decade or more long studies have been coming to a close and the results have been changing everything the medical profession thought they knew about coffee and how it influences the risks of getting cancer.
Study after study has been showing the cancer fighting properties of coffee because of the rich antioxidants it contains.
In fact, with most studies we aren’t just talking a cup or two a day since most studies show greater benefit when four or more caffeinated coffees are consumed daily.
Recent Coffee/ Cancer Studies
Here are just a few of the studies that support the notion that caffeinated coffee reduces risk of certain types of cancer.
- More than 4 cups of coffee a day decrease oral and head cancers by 39%.
- Woman who drink more than two cups of coffee a day have less chance of uterine cancer.
- Men who have 6 cups of coffee a day reduce their prostate cancer risk by 60%.
- At least 5 cups of coffee prevents certain types of brain cancer by 40%.
- At least 2 cups of coffee a day can cut colon cancer risk by 25%.
- At least 3 cups of coffee a day can prevent or delay the onset of certain types of breast cancer.
- Coffee drinkers have 41% less instance of liver cancer.
Coffee as Part of a Healthy Diet
While the coffee/cancer research isn’t definitive, it does reveal that drinking coffee is probably far more beneficial than harmful as long as the person can metabolize caffeine correctly and doesn’t suffer from a caffeine allergy or from excessive use.
In most of the studies, it was found that decaffeinated coffee didn’t appear to have the same effect, which is probably due to the decaffeinating process removing many of the antioxidants.
However, we would suspect that people who eat poor quality food and engage in unhealthy habits such as smoking and excessive drinking would not likely experience the cancer fighting properties coffee has to offer.
But, coffee as part of a healthy diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruit will most likely have the greatest anticancer benefits.