Drink Coffee to Help Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer
Different types of cells in our bodies divide and multiply in an orderly way. This is a perfectly normal process that takes place where new cells replace older cells. Cell birth and cell renewal is a constant activity in our bodies. The problem with cancer or malignant growths occurs when some of the cells in the body multiply uncontrollably. When our body’s natural defenses or immune system cannot stop the uncontrolled cell division, health problems arise. What happens is that these abnormal cells multiply and multiply without stopping. The result of this uncontrolled cell growth formation is a mass or a tumor.
Drinking at least two cups of coffee daily can translate to a 25% reduced risk of colon cancer. Coffee drinkers, as compared to people who don’t drink coffee, appear to be 50% less likely to get liver cancer than non drinkers. They also have lower rates of colon, breast and rectal cancers.
There is a powerful antioxidant found almost exclusively in coffee and other coffee products, called Methylpyridinium, which advances blood enzymes that protect the body against colon cancer. It is formed in the roasting process from a chemical found naturally in coffee beans. Dark roasted coffee contains two to three times more Methylpyridinium than medium roasts, and therefore dark roasted brews are gentler on the stomach than lighter brews. This is because of the presence of Methylpyridinium which helps bring down the stomach acid.
Other scientific coffee research shows that polyphenols in coffee and tea protect against the formation of colon tumors, most likely through their antioxidant properties. The claim that coffee does not increase risk of colon cancer gets support from scientific research conducted worldwide by private, government and educational organizations, such as the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, among others.
If you are a coffee lover, there is no reason to change your coffee drinking habits. In fact, you can continue enjoying your cup of coffee knowing that you may be deriving added health benefits in the process. However, it is important to remember that ‘the more the merrier’ concept doesn’t apply here, and overdosing on caffeine may actually overshadow the medicinal effects of coffee only to create more problems like acidity, heartburn and even increased chances of cancer.
Furthermore, always follow your physician’s advice regarding any medical conditions, treatments, diagnostics, pregnancy or special dietary plans for you. Coffee, home remedies or natural medications may help in relieving or preventing (partially) some symptoms or conditions. Yet, you should always listen to your health practitioner first and be a good patient and then you will be able to reduce your risk of risk of colon cancer by drinking coffee.