A coffee colon cancer risk study offers joy for java lovers.

Coffee Colon Cancer Risk Study Reveals Java Perks: Benefits Include Weight Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Protection

A new coffee and colon cancer risk study brings joy for java lovers. In addition to other perks, coffee can lower the risk of colon cancer, according to a study cited by MSN.

With 83 percent of adults dringing coffee in the United States, researchers have turned their attention to whether sipping the beverage offers more benefits than dangers. The latest study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of Leck Medicine evaluated more than 5,100 men and women who had received a diagnosis of colorectal cancer in the last six months.

Belly up to the coffee bar. A new coffee colon cancer risk study shows java benefits.
Belly up to the coffee bar. A new coffee colon cancer risk study shows java benefits. [Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images]
Those individuals were contrasted with those who did not have a history of cancer, and all study participants detailed how much coffee they drank as well as other beverages. In addition, the coffee colon cancer risk study participants reported on aspects of their lifestyles ranging from diet to smoking.

“We found that drinking coffee is associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer, and the more coffee consumed, the lower the risk,” emphasized Dr. Stephen Gruber, director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, who was the senior author of the colon cancer study.

But you don’t have to force yourself to drink an entire pot of coffee. You can reduce your odds of getting this type of cancer by 26 percent just by consuming one to two daily servings of coffee. The more coffee, the higher the benefits.

As for what you order when you step up to the coffee bar, it doesn’t make a difference whether you opt for caffeinated or decaffeinated.

“We were somewhat surprised to see that caffeine did not seem to matter,” admitted Gruber.

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What makes coffee such a powerful way to reduce your risk of colon cancer? The study researchers theorize that the antioxidants in coffee are a key factor, and also note that other elements in coffee can help to prevent cancer as well.

“The levels of beneficial compounds per serving of coffee may vary depending on the bean, roast and brewing method,” noted Dr. Stephanie Schmit. “The good news is that our data presents a decreased risk of colorectal cancer regardless of what flavor or form of coffee you prefer.”

As for the occurrence of colorectal cancer in the United States, it ranks as the third most common, with five percent of men and four percent of women suffering from colon cancer in their lives.

And while coffee has been shown to help with that type of cancer, java has other benefits. A variety of studies have shown that coffee can boost weight loss, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The caffeine in coffee can help to reduce appetite, as well. In addition, it can accelerate calorie burning. However, decaffeinated coffee also can help with weight loss. And that’s not the only way that coffee can help whittle your waistline.

A higher metabolic rate makes it easier to shed pounds, and drinking coffee can boost the metabolic rate by 3 to 11 percent, according to Authority Nutrition.

The boost in burning fat can range from 10 percent to 29 percent. Moreover, coffee can enhance athletic performance by mobilizing fatty acids from fat tissues. In addition, java can lower your appetite, helping you cut down on your food intake.

Moreover, with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) both increasing, researchers are seeking to figure out what might prevent these conditions. Now longitudinal epidemiological studies are showing that coffee can help to prevent dementia, Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline, reported PubMed.

“[Coffee has] favorable effects against cognitive decline, dementia or [Alzheimer’s disease]. Coffee drinking of 3-5 cups per day at midlife was associated with a decreased risk of dementia/AD by about 65% at late-life. In conclusion, coffee drinking may be associated with a decreased risk of dementia/AD.”

The results of that study offer hope to find ways to prevent or delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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