CAN REGULAR COFFEE DRINKING REDUCE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING A DEADLIEST SKIN CANCER, MELANOMA?
A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that the more coffee that the study participants consumed each day; the less likely they were to develop a skin cancer melanoma. Drinking four cups of coffee each day for instance, was associated with a 20% lower risk of melanoma. Only the caffeinated coffee as opposed to decaffeinated produced these benefits. Other studies published in the past associated coffee consumptions with reduced risk of death from liver cirrhosis, lower risk of type II diabetes in addition to lower risk of liver, endometrial, colon, breast and rectal cancers.
We are a nation of coffee drinkers with more than half of us consuming an average of 3.1 cups of it every day. The study authors said that their findings did not indicate that we should all increase the coffee intake to reduce the melanoma risk since the most important thing that we can do to reduce the risk of melanoma is to protect ourselves from the sun and UV exposure.
Coffee is not for everyone since caffeine consumption can lead to insomnia, nervousness, irritability, fast heartbeat, muscle tremors, stomach upset and urinary symptoms. Surprisingly however, coffee is the No. 1 source of antioxidants in the American diet. Antioxidants provide health benefits by fighting cellular damage and inflammation reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. Coffee shows more antioxidant activity than green tea and cocoa, two antioxidant superstars!
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Category: Skin Cancer