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Most people drink coffee to wake up or
boost their mood, but studies show that consuming this favored beverage can also
reduce the risks of certain cancers. That doesn't necessarily mean that you
should drink five calorie-laden frappuccinos a day or switch to decaf and up
your intake, but a basic cup, or four, of regular coffee a day might be good for
a study published in Cancer Research journal suggest that drinking
caffeinated coffee could decrease your risks of skin cancer. The type of skin
cancer most often diagnosed is called basal cell carcinoma. The study found that
the risks for basal cell carcinoma were lower for people who drank coffee.
least in large quantities, could make you less susceptible to developing oral
cancer as well. One study discovered that participants who drank at least four
cups per day faced only half the risk of dying from oral cancer. The study was
conducted over the course of 25 years.
Men and women
each have their own reason to drink coffee. Women who drank more than four cups
were shown to have a 25 percent lower risk of developing endormetrial cancer,
according to a study in Journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and
Prevention. Men who consumed six or more cups were 20 percent less likely to
get prostate cancer.
seems to have a positive correlation with low liver cancer rates. Liver cancer
is the third most deadly and the sixth most common type of cancer. An analysis
of 16 studies performed in 2013 discovered that drinking coffee every day
decreased the risk of developing the most common type of liver cancer by 40
percent. Those who drank at least three cups daily showed more than an
additional 10 percent decrease in liver cancer risk.
ability to prevent cancer isn't exactly proven, but its positive effects on the
liver have been. Coffee is good for liver enzymes and cirrhosis. This could be
why it helps stave off liver cancer, if not other types of cancer, though
another possible contributing factor could be coffee's ability to prevent
diabetes, which is a risk factor for liver cancer.
A large study
conducted over the course of 22 years found that people who drank even one cup
of coffee daily had a 20 percent lower chance of developing alcoholic cirrhosis
of the liver. The condition is caused by drinking too much alcohol and is an
autoimmune disease that can cause cancer and liver failure. The study's findings
suggest that the more coffee a person drinks, the lower his or her risks are of
ending up in the hospital or dead because of alcoholic cirrhosis.
coffee also benefits the livers' of people who do not abuse alcohol. Research
shows that coffee drinking assists in the prevention of the development of
non-alcoholic fatty liver disease too. However, one study found that the
consumption of four or more cups of coffee daily or the same amount of tea could
help prevent the progression of the disease.
So maybe it
isn't just coffee that protects against liver cancer. But, a recent study
concluded that a compound in coffee specifically helped to stop human islet
amyloid polypeptide, a substance suspected to contribute to the development of
type 2 diabetes. Other research has shown that drinking coffee with caffeine is
associated with lower risks of diabetes.
all good though. Drinking it too late can affect your ability to get a good
night's sleep and some people feel jittery when they drink too much. The
withdrawal symptoms when you don't get your usual intake of caffeine from coffee
can be decidedly unpleasant as well. But the research does show a link between
drinking coffee and staying cancer free. If nothing else, the findings suggest
that there is something beneficial about making a cup, or more, of coffee part
of one's daily routine.
Sárka-Jonae Miller is a health and fitness expert. She began working in the
fitness industry in 2000 while pursuing a BS in journalism at Syracuse
University. She became certified as a personal fitness trainer and group
exercise instructor in 2003. She has also received training in massage therapy.
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