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Moderate consumption of coffee every day can be beneficial in reducing the risk of various chronic diseases such as prostate cancer. Among men who had or have this cancer, coffee may also help prevent recurrence or slow the progression of the disease according to multiple studies.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States., according to the National Cancer Institute.
In a review published in 2021 in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) with a meta-analysis of 16 studies, it is concluded that a higher intake of coffee may be associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer.
A study published in 2011 by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that men who drank the most coffee (six or more cups a day) had almost 20% lower risk of developing any form of prostate cancer.
The men in the study who drank the most coffee had a 60% lower risk of developing fatal prostate cancer. This coffee benefit was observed regardless of whether it was decaf or regular. The reduction in risk does not appear to be due to caffeine.
Researchers have also found that four or more cups of coffee a day can help slow the progression of the disease, as well as prevent the cancer from coming back.
Three cups of coffee a day is associated with 30% less risk of lethal prostate cancer
You don’t need to drink large amounts of coffee to reap its benefits. According to the shared study, even drinking one to three cups of coffee a day was associated with a 30% lower risk of lethal prostate cancer, according to research involving Harvard researchers.
How Coffee Can Help Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk
Coffee is rich in flavonoids and polyphenols, compounds that act as antioxidants, reduce inflammation, and regulate insulin, all of which can play a role in prostate cancer.
Recent studies have indicated that chemicals in coffee such as diterpenes cafestol and kahweol have recognized abilities to fight prostate cancer.
The preparation of the coffee is a factor to consider. Paper filters trap kahweal acetate and cafestol. A 2015 study conducted in Norway indicated that men who drink boiled coffee are less likely to get prostate cancer compared to men who drink filtered coffee.
It is worth mentioning that for some people it may be convenient to consume filtered coffee.
Moderate, sugar-free consumption is considered healthy. Moderate consumption is found in intake of up to 400 mg of caffeine, about 4 8-ounce cups of coffee. Each cup has an average of 96 mg of caffeine.
Drinking coffee in moderation has also been shown in different studies to help reduce the risk of liver cancer.
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