According to a new study, drinking coffee cuts cancer risks. Consuming from three to four cups per day will reduce the risk of endometrial cancer in women. The American Cancer Society states that endometrial cancer is the most common form of cancer in reproductive organs. Drinking at least three cups of coffee cuts risk of developing this deadly disease by one-fifth.
Scientists originally thought this type of cancer came from genetic mutation. Today, they see either obesity or hormonal imbalance as the main culprits. This new study factors diet into the equation.
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomakers and Prevention published the study that recorded the food choices of test subjects. The study compared the diets of women who had endometrial cancer with those who drank at least four cups of coffee per day. The women who drank more coffee had an 18 percent lower chance of developing endometrial cancer. Additionally, the study examined more than 80 different foods and found a link, but not a cause for coffee to inhibit cancer. Researchers surmise that it is coffee’s ability to suppress estrogen. Too much estrogen can alter the body’s hormonal balance, thus leading to cancer. Researchers says that either regular or decaf coffee provided the desired effect. Coffee cuts cancer risk but other foods such as fatty butter and starchy potatoes either increase or decrease a woman’s risk. They will continue studying to find a definitive link between specific food and developing cancer.
Endometrial cancer starts inward at the uterus and spreads to the cervix. As it advances it ultimately affects the bowel and abdomen. Signs of illness include heavy menstrual flow after age 40 or a white vaginal discharge after menopause. It is important to note that this type of cancer presents primarily in women aged 50 and older. Although its cause is unknown, there are certain factors that increase your chance of developing the disease. Women who are overweight, started their menses early, or began menopause late, are typically more at risk. Over 50,000 women are diagnosed with endometrial cancer each year with about 10,000 women ultimately succumbing to the disease.
Coffee cuts cancer risk and is abundant in antioxidants, which prevents cell damage, making you look younger. The antioxidant in coffee called quinine become even more potent when roasted. Other great benefits of antioxidant-rich coffee include its ability to fight free radicals, the harmful molecule that damages cells and ages the body. Increasing antioxidants via drinking coffee and eating foods that fight cancer will decrease the chance of developing this cancer. The antioxidants in coffee also helps prevent other harmful diseases. The trigonelline in coffee is antibacterial. Aside from giving coffee its addictive aroma, it helps prevent cavities from forming on the teeth. The caffeine in coffee not only perks up those who drink it , it helps reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 80%.
Coffee cuts cancer risks, but also should be taken in moderation. Not only can too much coffee give you the jitters, too much coffee can send too much caffeine to the heart, leading to a heart attack. Less severe side effects include heart palpitations and sleeplessness. Although coffee cuts cancer risks, women should be sure not exceed the study dose of three to four cups.
By Danielle Branch
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