The experts claim that coffee offers more benefits than risks these days and new research suggests coffee cuts your risk of getting colon cancer. The study coming out of the University of Southern California’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of Leck Medicine found a correlation between coffee drinkers and lowered risks of contracting colon cancer.
According to MSN Health News on April 2, the researchers collected data from 5,100 men and women who were diagnosed with colon cancer and compared their coffee consumption to 4,000 people who do not have colon cancer. All of the participants in the study reported their coffee consumption daily, which included various types of coffee, like espresso, instant coffee, decaffeinated and filtered coffee. After filtering out the other factors which can influence colon cancer, such as family history, smoking, degree of physical activity and diet, they found that coffee may just help reduce your risk of colon cancer.
“We found that drinking coffee is associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer, and the more coffee consumed, the lower the risk,” said Dr. Stephen Gruber, director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and senior author of the study. Gruber also said that they were surprised to see that caffeine had nothing t do with the outcome in research subjects, as those who drank decaffeinated coffee were found to have the same risk reduction as those who drank caffeine-riddled coffee drinks.
DB Techno News reports today that you don’t need to drink a lot of coffee to be awarded these benefits as even moderate coffee consumption helped ward off cancer, according to the study. The person who headed the study, Stephen Gruber, M.D., Ph.D., said, “I would encourage coffee lovers to revel in the strong possibility that their daily mug may lower their risk of colorectal cancer.”
“Between one to two servings of coffee per day was associated with a 26 percent reduction in the odds of developing colorectal cancer. The risk continued to decrease up to 50 percent when participants were heavy coffee drinkers, consuming more than 2.5 servings each day. This trend was persistent, even after researchers controlled for other known risk factors. Interestingly, both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee were associated with decreased risk,” according to MSN.
It may just be that your grandmother knew this all along, as many old wives tales talk about how a good cup of coffee promotes a good morning constitution! Check out the other benefits of drinking coffee in the video above.