The Beverage That Cuts Your Colorectal Cancer Risk by 50%

If you can’t imagine life without coffee, you’ll be happy to learn there is one more reason to enjoy that java: it may help protect you against colorectal cancer. According to new research in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention researchers found that the daily brew may significantly reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Scientists from the United States and Israel assessed the effects of daily coffee consumption on 9,242 individuals, of which 5,145 drank coffee and the remaining acted as study controls. People who drank one to two cups daily reduced their colorectal cancer risk by 26 percent while those who drank at least 2.5 cups of coffee every day had a whopping 50 percent risk reduction.

While the caffeine found in coffee played a role in the protective properties of the beverage, it was not the only factor, as decaf coffee drinkers also had a reduced colorectal cancer risk. The researchers believe that coffee’s polyphenol content may be a clue to its anti-cancer effects. Polyphenols are a group of plant nutrients that have antioxidant effects in the body. Chlorogenic acid is found in the highest concentration.

Chlorogenic acid is a potent nutrient that has been found in other studies to have anti-cancer effects and anti-diabetic properties, as well as weight loss benefits in those who are overweight. While this compound is found in high amounts in coffee, it is also found in apples, carrots, flaxseeds, pineapples, potatoes and strawberries. While this study demonstrated coffee (and probably chlorogenic acid’s) protective properties against colorectal cancer, early research into the nutrient suggests it may also protect against liver cancer.

Colorectal cancer is also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer or rectal cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), it is the second most common type of cancer after lung cancer, which could be the result of our dietary and lifestyle choices as you’ll discover momentarily.

Concluded senior study author Dr. Stephen Gruber of the University of Southern California: “…I would encourage coffee lovers to revel in the strong possibility that their daily mug may lower their risk of colorectal cancer.”

While brewing method did not make a significant difference to the anti-cancer effects of the coffee consumed, keep in mind that the additions of sugar, sugary syrups, artificial sweeteners or flavors (like those found in many flavor syrups) may negate the benefits as these items have been linked to many health problems, including cancer, in other studies.

Keep in mind that you may want to drink your coffee in the morning or early afternoon as drinking it in the evening can throw off your body’s natural rhythms and interrupt your sleep.

There are other things you can do to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, including:

Cut out processed meat: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), eating processed meats such as deli slices, hot dogs, sausages and others, can cause colorectal cancer.

Avoid eating high amounts of meat: A diet high in animal protein has been linked to colorectal cancer. Cut down on your meat consumption and eat a plant-based diet, which may include smaller amounts of meat or be vegan.

Eat a high fiber diet: Plentiful amounts of research show that fiber has a protective quality on our colorectal health. Eat high fiber foods like legumes, whole grains, fruit and vegetables.

Stay active: Exercise not only keeps your blood pumping, which oxygenates your cells, it also keeps your bowels regular, which in turn helps reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.

Stop smoking: Smoking is linked with most cancers, including colorectal cancer.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim: Balance Your Body Chemistry to Burn Fat Fast! (Rodale).

 

 

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Paulo Reeson6 months ago

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Paulo Reeson6 months ago

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John B
John B2 years ago

Thanks Michelle for sharing the info.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

We drink 1 cup of coffee a day. Good to know.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Veronica B.
Veronica B2 years ago

Good to know!!!Thanks!

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sandy Gardner
sandy Gardner2 years ago

I am counting on coffee for help!!!!

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Beryl Ludwig
Beryl L2 years ago

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Marianne R.
Marianne R2 years ago

Thank You

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