Coffee and tea drinkers rejoice – Because there are health benefits to be had.
New research confirms your choice of drink!
So, it appears that women who drink a number of cups of coffee and tea each day could lower the risk of endometrial cancer, a cancer of the reproductive organs that’s unfortunately quite common.
In 2008, the American Cancer Society estimates, over 40000 women would be diagnosed; and around 7400 died from it.
The risk factors for this cancer are well known.
Being overweight, getting older and being exposed to higher levels of estrogen, like estrogen therapy, late menopause, erratic periods and considered as risk factors.
You may have heard that diet may also play a role, but the impacts seem to be less clear than other risks. This research sought solutions to the role popular beverages might play in cancer risk.
This hospital based, involved nearly 1100 women; 541 patients diagnosed with endometrial cancer.
Those who drank regular coffee or black tea appeared to have a lower risk of uterine cancer than women who were nondrinkers.
Women who drank 4 cups of coffee or tea/day were only half as likely as those who didn’t drink these drinks to have endometrial cancer.
Women who drank tea only (over 2 cups/day) had a 44% lower risk of disease. The reduced chance was for those who just consumed coffee (over 2 cups/day), at just 29%, though this figure was not considered statistically significant in terms of research.
The benefits for people who were overweight were less pronounced.
Those included decaffeinated coffee as one of the drinks they drank, there was no reduction in risk.
Lab work has shown that caffeine induces some enzymes that help to neutralize potential cancer causing substances.
If the caffeine is not the main compound that effects the risk, then it could be one of the other helpful compounds. Tea and coffee have antioxidants, flavonoids, catechins and isoflavonoids that can help reduce the risk of cancer.
Your beverage choice is not a guarantee of protection despite the coffee health benefits and and should only be considered as past of proper medical care, a wholesome diet and other careful lifestyle choices.