New research suggests three cups of coffee a day can help protect against prostate cancer, but there’s a catch….
You have to drink it like the Italians drink it.
Italian researchers spent an average of four years observing the coffee drinking habits of over 7000 men from the Molise region of Italy. The data was compared with prostate cancer cases occurring over time, and the findings? The guys who drank more than three cups of coffee a day benefited from a 53 percent reduction in their risk of developing prostate cancer.
More about the results:
“The team also tested coffee extracts on prostate cancer cells in lab studies, looking at both caffeinated and decaffeinated varieties. Here they found that caffeinated coffee extracts significantly reduced cancer cell proliferation — an increase in the number of cells as a result of cell growth and cell division — and metastasization — where cancer cells spread throughout the body. The same effect was not seen with decaf coffee. Although in previous studies it has been unclear which compounds in coffee are responsible for its protective effect, the team concluded from their current research that the beneficial effect is most likely due to caffeine, rather than the many other substances contained in coffee.”
But even if you make your cup of so Italian-style it makes you yell “fuggheddaboutit,” don’t rely too heavily on coffee to keep prostate cancer at bay.
“Licia Iacoviello, head of the Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology Laboratory, pointed out that, “We should keep in mind that the study is conducted on a central Italian population. They prepare coffee rigorously, the Italian way: high pressure, very high water temperature and with no filters. This method, different from those followed in other areas of the world, could lead to a higher concentration of bioactive substances.”
You can read much more about the study here.