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Coffee & Prostate Cancer Prevention Update

This research was published this month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It’s called the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.

Lead author Mucci’s team followed 47,911 men from 1986 to 2008. During that time, the men kept track of their coffee consumption.

Men with the highest coffee consumption had a 60 percent lower risk of developing a form of the cancer that’s most likely to result in death.

Men who drank six or more cups a day had a 20 percent reduced risk of any form of prostate cancer. Even one to three cups a day corresponded to a 30 percent drop in the risk of lethal prostate cancer.

Mucci said, “Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer.”

What was responsible for the positive results? Researchers credited quinine, magnesium, and trigonelline. These compounds cut inflammation and manage insulin. Coffee also contains antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent cell-damaging oxidation.

It doesn’t matter if you prefer regular or decaffeinated coffee. Researchers found the same reduction in risk with both.

And for the best protection against prostate cancer, you should drink your coffee black.

Dr. Neal D. Barnard reviewed 12 international studies. He found that “consumption of dairy products is associated with increased risk of prostate cancer incidence and mortality.”

If you need a little milk in your coffee, try almond milk instead.

 

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