Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Evidence-Based Coffee Drinking?

1 cup . . . may lower your risk of cancer. A 13-year Japanese study revealed that men and women who drank a cup or more a day were half as likely to develop cancer of the mouth, pharynx, and esophagus compared with people who didn't drink coffee.

Coffee consumption and the risk of oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal cancers in Japan: the Miyagi Cohort Study. Naganuma, T. et al., American Journal of Epidemiology 2008 Dec 15;168(12):1425-1432.

2 cups . . . may fend off strokes. In a 24-year study, women who drank 2-3 cups a day were 19 percent less likely to have a stroke compared with women who drank less than a cup a month. One caveat: The benefit applied only to nonsmoking women with no history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

Coffee consumption and risk of stroke in women. Lopez-Garcia, E. et al., Circulation 2009 Mar 3;119(8):1116-1123.

3 cups . . . may safeguard your neurons. Middle-aged adults who reported drinking at least 3 cups of coffee a day were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia or Alzheimer's by the time most of the group had reached their mid-sixties to seventies. Now, that's a lotta coffee. But not for everyone.

Midlife coffee and tea drinking and the risk of late-life dementia: a population-based CAIDE study. Eskelinen, M. H. et al., Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2009 Jan;16(1):85-91.

What's in Those Magic Beans?

Although it's not clear how coffee does all of these wonderful, protective things, researchers suspect that the coffee bean's high level of inflammation-fighting antioxidants (called polyphenols) may have something to do with it. But is instant coffee as healthful as brewed?

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  1. Interesting facts about coffee. Always worried about drinking too much. My wife even nagging me to take it easy as I am already in the 50's. Thank you for this article Dr!

  2. You are welcome, AT. Enjoy your coffee :)