Because I love coffee I look for positive reinforcement to avoid any kind of guilt. It’s not that I am drinking coffee all day, but those of you that know me are fully aware that I truly enjoy my morning espresso.
You probably remember that I recently shared with you some new research which shows that men who drink four to six cups of coffee daily are significantly less likely to be diagnosed with lethal prostate cancer. It didn’t matter if they drank regular or decaffeinated coffee. Now another study has concluded that coffee drinkers may also be significantly less likely to develop liver cancer.
Coffee is one of life’s great pleasures for those who enjoy it. But, like so many other things we enjoy, in the past naysayers have argued that it’s “bad” for you, I have never been pleased to read that my morning ritual could kill me but provided it’s not keeping you up at night and preventing you from getting adequate sleep, nothing could be further from the truth.
Finally, there mounting evidence that shows that coffee is a health food of sorts. Coffee drinking has been linked in recent years to numerous health benefits, ranging from better focus and attention, to reduced risks of developing various forms of cancer, including prostate, endometrial, and skin cancers, among others.
In the present study, Italian scientists analyzed data from numerous previous studies, which had looked at coffee consumption and the risk of developing liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). This revealed that people who reported ANY coffee consumption were 40% less likely to get liver cancer than people who never drank coffee. Investigators speculated that coffee could protect the liver by affecting liver enzymes and preventing the development of cirrhosis. Coffee drinkers enjoyed from one to five cups of the aromatic brew daily.
So, next time you see me holding a cup of coffee feel free to join me, it's good for you!
What about you? Do you drink coffee? What about green tea? I’d love to hear your comments on this and other stories.
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