Thinking of drinking coffee for prostate cancer prevention? Does it actually cut the risk down?
Coffee is the one of the most popular drinks around the world.
Many people simple can't go without a cup or two of coffee in the morning to get their day started.
Some earlier studies have found active and beneficial chemicals in coffee that may have some health benefits.
Now a recent study shows that it might be helpful in cutting the risk of prostate cancer down.
Coffee contains many active substances such as phenolic acids that possess strong anti-oxidant activities. This fact is not new as it has been known for quite some time.
These active ingredients are known to modify how the body process sugar and it can even affect the levels of sex hormones.
Because of these benefits, experts suspect that coffee may be helpful in cutting down the risk of various types of cancer, including prostate cancer.
Read on to find out what researchers have discovered about the health benefits of coffee for cancer prevention...
The study that we will discuss was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a well-respected medical journal.
It was completed by a research group at the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA.
This study involved close to 48,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study in 1986. The researchers followed these men every 4 years from 1986 to 2006.
They looked at the amount of regular and decaffeinated coffee that they drank daily.
They found that during this time period, 5,035 men developed prostate cancer. In this group, 642 men developed lethal cancer, those that cause death or that spread to other parts of the body (metastatic prostate cancer).
In looking at the results, of course, the researchers adjusted for other risks such as smoking and being overweight.
Here are the facts that the researchers uncovered:
The average man in this group drank about 2 cups of coffee daily.
Men who drank 6 or more cups of coffee daily had a lower risk of developing prostate cancer. And it lowered the risk of lethal prostate cancer even more than the non-lethal prostate cancer.
Drinking coffee did not seem to have any benefit in reducing the number of cases of low-grade prostate cancer.
It didn't matter whether the coffee was regular or decaffeinated.
Those who drank five cups of coffee per day reduced their risk of lethal prostate cancer by 30%.
And those who drank six cups or more daily cut their risk by 60%.
The research conclusion seems clear. There is a strong link between the amount of coffee you drink and your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Drinking coffee for prostate cancer prevention appears to be a good addition to following a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Six cups sounds like a lot but at Starbucks, one grande is 16 oz. and that's 2 cups already. You are a third away from the target of six (8 oz.) cups of coffee daily.
Maybe it's time for you to invest in your own coffee maker? It would definitely be much cheaper than going to your local coffee house...
Not a problem at all. Decaffeinated coffee did not affect the results.
In other words, decaffeinated coffee also showed identical anti-cancer prevention benefits as the caffeinated counterpart.
The researchers realized that the benefits came from the other active substances found in coffee and not the caffeine itself.
Thinking of starting on coffee for prostate cancer prevention?
If you don't like to drink coffee, this one study may not be enough for us recommend for you to start this drinking habit.
No, there are other better things to do, such as eating fruits and green leafy vegetables.
But if you currently love to drink coffee and simply can't live without a cup or two, keeping doing it without giving it another thought.
Your prostate gland might thank you for it even if you don't know it.
See our complete list of Natural Remedies for Prostate Cancer Prevention to get a list of herbs, vitamins and supplements that are helpful in battling this deadly disease. Click the image below to view the FULL chart.
Also see the article Natural Remedies for Cancer to get a detailed list of many commonly used supplements around the world for the treatment and prevention of all types of cancer.
March 19, 2013