Research suggests women should feel guilt-free when filling not only their second or thirdbut their sixth cup of coffee for the day. Published online in the journal Breast Cancer Research, the study found heavy coffee drinkers had a lower incidence of breast cancer than women who rarely drank coffee.
By Charlotte Bumstead
Researchers considered 5,929 post-menopausal Swedish women aged 50 to 74. Several lifestyle factors proved to contribute to breast cancer rates, including age at menopause, exercise, weight, education and a family history of breast cancer. After adjusting their data to account for these issues, researchers discovered the protective effect of coffee on breast cancer was calculable solely for ER-negative breast cancer. In comparison to the women who drank less coffee, women who consumed more than five cups were 57 per cent less likely to develop the cancer. (One cup of coffee is defined assix ounces).
The researchers’ notion is that coffee raises blood levels of enterolactone, a phytochemical considered to be associated with a lower risk of ER-negative breast cancer. This new development illustrates further evidence to the existing idea that coffee is more helpful than harmful. Earlier studies have suggested drinking coffee reduces the risk of getting Type2 diabetes. It is also found to reduce risk of dying from heart disease and has been linked with protection from Parkinson’s disease. Scientists explain the latest data could be related to the way the coffee is brewed or the type of bean used.
The coffee drinker is still faced with notable downsides, such as heartburn, risks of miscarriage for women of childbearing age, excess calories,and certain side effects including insomnia, headaches and irritability.