The positive effects of coffee have been long debated by both scientists and health experts. Moderate consumption of this addictive drink has been linked to better cognitive functions, a healthier liverand better physical performance . Moreover, it was linked to lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease and it decreases the chance of premature death.
On the other hand, even if it is loaded with minerals and antioxidants, coffee has negative effects if it is consumed in excess. It was associated with various conditions, such as higher blood pressure, heartburns and stomachaches.
A new study reveals that a large amount of coffee, such as four cups consumed every day can prevent the recurrence of colon cancer after it has been treated. Furthermore, it was proved that it can help cure this type of tumor.
The researchers surveyed about 1,000 patients who had been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. Their treatment included both chemotherapy and surgery. All of them were surveyed during chemotherapy and a year afterwards. They had to answer questions related to their diet and eating habits.
It was soon revealed that those who had about 460 milligrams of coffee daily had lowered their risk of having their colon cancer return by 42 percent and decreased their risk of dying from cancer by 33 percent.
The results were not so spectacular for patients who drank less than that. Those who had about three cups of coffee every day still had some improvements, but those who only had one cup did not.
“We found that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of the cancer coming back and a significantly greater survival and chance of a cure,” said the director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Centre at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Charles Fuchs.
However, the researchers say that it is too early to give any dietary recommendations to patients regarding the consumption of coffee to improve their chances of survival. Further research needs to be carried out o make sure patients are not facing other health risks.
This is the first time a link has been found between colon cancer and coffee. Experts say that that decaffeinated coffee does not have the same effects, so it sees that coffee is the only component linked to such improvements. This might be due to the fact that coffee makes the body less sensitive to insulin, which helps reduce the inflammation.
Coffee has often been linked to the treatment of other types of cancer such as melanoma, liver cancer, prostate cancer or breast cancer.
The results of the study were published in the Journal Clinical Oncology.
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