Coffee, coffee, coffee

I don’t need any reason to drink coffee other than I really like to drink coffee. There, I said it. However, science just keeps giving me more excuses. Here are three for you, if you need to justify your habit. As for me, I am an unashamed coffee drunk.

First, coffee consumption is linked to a 26% drop in risk of colorectal cancer, which is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. The protection provided by the coffee is thought to come from the changes to the microbiome, antioxidant and antimutagenic effects, and improved bowel functions (it helps you go). I choose to ignore that this study’s findings apply to lower daily coffee consumption also.  (Coffee Linked to 26% Drop in Colorectal Cancer Risk. Medscape. Apr 05, 2016)

Here is a big benefit for dads since prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed male cancer in America: 60% reduction in the risk of it for drinkers of six cups or more. That’s a reduction in the chances overall of getting prostate cancer, as well as the more lethal form of it. Can’t drink that much coffee? Moderate consumption was shown to lead to risk reduction of 30%. Also, it was the non-caffeine related components of coffee that were shown to be the association between coffee and prostate risk reduction. Hmm, decaf isn’t as totally useless as once thought. (Nordqvist, C. (2011, May 19). “Coffee Lowers Prostate Cancer Risk.” Medical News Today. )

The last spot of good news is related to longevity. The actual study proved “Coffee Consumption Is Positively Associated with Longer Leukocyte Telomere Length in the Nurses’ Health Study.” Without getting into a huge biology lesson, it is believed that the shortening of the telomere (the end bit on the chromosome) is associated with the aging process. Coffee helps them to retain the length as the cells divide, according to the study. (Journal of Nutrition July 1, 2016)

Reduction in cancer risks and the potential to increase longevity makes coffee that much more appealing. Honestly, I’m drinking it anyway; I’m glad that there is evidence of other good reasons to do so. Coffee, what can’t you do?

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