The American Cancer Society estimates that one in six men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. Over 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the US, making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prostate cancer kills more men than any other cancer except lung cancer.
But now, research out of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) offers new hope to men everywhere.
A brand new study shows that coffee can lower the risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer.
Lorelei Mucci was the senior researcher on this study. She’s an assistant professor of medicine and an associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH. She’s also an associate epidemiologist in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Her research was published just this month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It’s called the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.
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Mucci’s team followed 47,911 men from 1986 to 2008. During that time, the men kept track of their coffee consumption.
Men with the highest coffee consumption had a 60 percent lower risk of developing a form of the cancer that’s most likely to result in death.
Men who drank six or more cups a day had a 20 percent reduced risk of any form of prostate cancer. Even one to three cups a day corresponded to a 30 percent drop in the risk of lethal prostate cancer.
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Mucci said, “Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer.”
What was responsible for the positive results? Researchers credited quinine, magnesium, and trigonelline. These compounds cut inflammation and manage insulin. Coffee also contains antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent cell-damaging oxidation.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer regular or decaffeinated coffee. Researchers found the same reduction in risk with both.
And for the best protection against prostate cancer, you should drink your coffee black.
Dr. Neal D. Barnard reviewed 12 international studies. He found that “consumption of dairy products is associated with increased risk of prostate cancer incidence and mortality.”
Dr. Barnard is a clinical researcher. He’s one of the nation’s leading advocates for health and nutrition. He’s the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. And he’s president of The Cancer Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes cancer prevention through nutritional research and education.
If you need a little milk in your coffee, try almond milk instead.
Drinking a few cups of coffee each day might be one of the easiest, most enjoyable ways to cut your cancer risk.
But there are additional all-natural alternatives that can help protect your prostate. NHD’s independent research team has prepared a comprehensive health directive all about prostate cancer. In it, you’ll discover the big mistake modern medicine is making. You’ll learn the underlying cause of prostate cancer. You’ll hear from doctors who heal their patients naturally. And you’ll find 15 natural ways to prevent prostate cancer. To get your copy of this critical health directive, click here now.
To your best health,
Managing Editor, NHD “Health Watch”