It is widely known that coffee brings a considerable amount of benefits when it comes to our general state of health, apart from energizing our brains and offering a boost of wellbeing. Coffee efficiently acts as an antioxidant and helps fight diabetes, lowers inflammation and fights against the development of Alzheimer’s since early stages.
A recent study shows that coffee helps the fight against some types of cancer. Patients diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer who drink four or more cups of caffeinated coffee on a daily basis have a lower chance of seeing recurring symptoms of the disease, as a new study has found.
The study involved 1000 patients, all who have gone through surgery and chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer. A stage III disease means that colon cancer has been found in lymph nodes near the original tumor site, but no place else in the body.
The greatest degree of benefit was observed in those who drank four cups of coffee a day, for the equivalent of 460 milligrams of caffeine. Those who drink two cups of coffee on a daily basis encounter more modest benefits. All the improvements seen in colon cancer patients are due to caffeine in coffee, not other kinds of active substances.
People who drink four or more cups of caffeinated coffee on a daily basis have a 52% lower chance of disease recurrence or cancer death, compared to those who don’t indulge in coffee drinking.
In spite of the precious findings, it is highly important to note that the study was exclusively designed to develop only an association between coffee consumption and a lower risk of colon cancer death or symptoms recurrence. The study is far from aiming to prove a cause and effect relationship.
The entire expertise was based on detailed analysis of dietary habits in study subjects. Volunteers were asked to offer answers about more than 130 different food and drink items. These items included decaffeinated coffee, caffeinated coffee and caffeinated tea. After gathering the entire pool of data, cancer recurrence and patient death rates were followed for almost seven years.
According to their assessments, cancer returned in 329 people, after 5 years of initial treatment, as the study has found. Of the total number of individuals, 288 have died of their disease. Additionally, 36 people who didn’t have a certain diagnosis of cancer recurrence also died during the study.
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