Can coffee help fight bowel cancer?

beans and groundsHere at the Wholesale Coffee Company, we love to hear good things about our favourite drink. It seems that the scientific world agree with us too, as a new study has revealed how coffee could help in the fight against bowel cancer.

The study, carried out by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston,  is the first to examine the relationship between bowel cancer recurrence and caffeinated coffee. It followed the progress of 1000 men and women who had already suffered from the disease. They found that drinking four or five mugs of caffeinated coffee a day meant that the disease was around half as likely to reoccur, and reducing the amount of coffee consumed lowered the health benefits. Scientists aren’t yet clear about exactly how the caffeine works in these cases, but think that it may help to reduce inflammation by reducing the body’s need to produce insulin, which is a risk factor for cancer.

One of the researchers, Dr Charles Fuchs, said, “If you are a coffee drinker and are being treated for colon cancer, don’t stop,” before going on to add that if you didn’t already drink coffee you should discuss it with your doctor before taking it up.

As well as bowel cancel, the research appear to show that drinking around 460mg (the amount found in four to five standard mugs, depending on strength) of caffeinated coffee a day could cut the risks of several other types of cancer including postmenopausal breast cancer, cancer of the liver, melanoma and advanced prostate cancer. There’s also believed to be a link between caffeinated coffee and a reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes.

In addition to caffeinated coffee, health professionals also recommend maintaning a healthy bod weight and diet and regular exercise to lower cancer risks.

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