Coffee with Benefits

According to a new study, there is a correlation between coffee consumption and a decreased risk of colon cancer

Attention coffee lovers, drinking coffee just got even better!!! As published in the April issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention researchers from the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in conjunction with the National Israeli Cancer Control Center found that drinking coffee is associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer. The study revealed that the more coffee consumed, the lower the risk. The data showed that even moderate coffee consumption between one to two servings per day was associated with a 26% reduction in the odds of developing colorectal cancer.

The indication of decreased risk was seen across all types of coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated. Coffee contains many elements that contribute to colorectal health. Caffeine and polyphenol can act as antioxidants limiting the growth of potential colon cancer cells. Other elements are generated during the roasting process that are believed to encourage colon mobility and prevent cancer by enhancing the body’s defense against oxidative damage.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer that is diagnosed in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States more than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and 39,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed this year. Talk with your EliteHealth doctor about your risks and follow your doctor’s guidelines for colorectal cancer prevention and screening.

Additionally, "drinking four or five cups of coffee daily cut risk of Parkinson’s disease nearly in half compared with drinking little or no caffeine", as mentioned in a study done by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Other benefits mentioned by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health seen in the consumption of coffee includes protecting against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as lowering rates of depression amongst women.

Finally, while there are many health benefits to enjoying a cup of coffee, make sure not to over do it. Always in moderation.

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