Coffee- A Health-Promoting Wonder Drug?!

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 The studies below document coffee’s heart and brain health promoting, anti-stroke, anti-diabetic, and all around ability to reduce risk of death- 

In a word, yes, coffee (COF) is a wonder drug.  I’m a long-term cancer survivor who lives with a fear of:

  • A secondary chemo-induced cancer
  • My chemo-induced heart damage
  • My chemo-induced brain damage
  • relapse

Years ago, when I read that COF was bad for me I gave it up. I was wrong. Judging by the studies linked and excerpted below, I was very wrong. As both of the articles linked and excerpted below state, moderate consumption (3-6 cups daily) lowers your risk of breast, prostate and liver cancers, lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke and lowers your risk of overall mortality.

My teen son began drinking COF this year. I was nervous because of my previous belief that coffee was “bad for you” or stunted your growth.  My son Alex maintains that a cup of COF before school helps him focus during his classes. Kind of a moderate, nutritional Adderall? Alex’s grades are better this semester than last year so maybe he is on to something.

Now I drink two big, strong cups of COF every morning. Not too much, not too little. My criteria for COF?

I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. For more information about food, diet, nutrition, etc. for cancer patients and survivors, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor,
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Science-Backed Benefits Of Coffee Reveal Its Impacts On Everything From Heart To Brain Health

Science-Backed Benefits of Cof:

  1. Heart: Based on 36 different studies with 1,270,000 participants, researchers conclude moderate long-term COF consumption of three to five 8-ounce cups a day lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. Those who consumed five or more had no higher risk than those who consumed zero.
  2. Stroke: Another 11 studies with nearly 480,000 participants found two to six cups a day was associated with a lower risk of stroke compared to those who drank zero.
  3. Type 2 Diabetes: Drinking at least six to seven cups of caffeinated and decaffeinated COF a day was found to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to a third, while regular consumption decreased the overall likelihood of developing the disease.
  4. Cancer: Drinking two cups of coffee daily is associated with a 40 percent lower risk of liver cancer. COF consumption also plays no statistical significance in breast or prostate cancer risk. There is a link between coffee consumption and lung cancer but only found among those who have the disease due to smoking. Meanwhile, coffee consumption has actually been found as a protectant for non-smokers diagnosed with lung cancer. Coffee has been found to lower the risk of liver cancer and death for those who have cirrhosis.
  5. Brain: Coffee intake has been associated with lowering the risk of Parkinson’s disease, age-related cognitive decline, and a potential protective effect against Alzheimer’s disease.
  6. Death: Two meta-analysis — one reviewing 20 studies with approximately one million participants’ medical data and a second reviewed 17 studies with more than one million participants — found drinking coffee is linked to a “significantly reduced chance of death.”

Five surprising benefits of drinking cof

  1. Antioxidants
  2. Liver
  3. Mood
  4. Endurance
  5. Cognition and brain health”

More Consensus on Cof’s Benefits Than You Might Think

“Just last year, a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies looking at long-term consumption of coffee and the risk of cardiovascular disease were published. The researchers found 36 studies involving more than 1,270,000 participants. The combined data showed that those who consumed a moderate amount of coffee, about three to five cups a day, were at the lowest risk for problems…

A meta-analysis published in 2007 found that increasing coffee consumption by two cups a day was associated with a lower relative risk of liver cancer by more than 40 percent. Two more recent studies confirmed these findings. Results from meta-analyses looking at prostate cancer found that in the higher-quality studies, coffee consumption was not associated with negative outcomes.

The same holds true for breast cancer, where associations were statistically not significant…

The most recent meta-analyses on neurological disorders found that coffee intake was associated with lower risks of Parkinson’s disease, lower cognitive decline and a potential protective effect against Alzheimer’s disease (but certainly no harm)…”

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