Coffee

I read that women who had five or more cups of coffee a day had a 19% lower risk of breast cancer.

Swedish researchers analysed 20 years of data from 40,000+ women. They recorded daily intake of coffee and tea as well as caffeine from diet. They found that women who had five or more cups of coffee a day had a 19% lower risk compared to those who consumed one or two cups. Coffee may protect women against breast cancer, say Swedish researchers.

They analysed two decades of data from more than 40,000 women who’d recorded their daily intake of coffee and tea as well as caffeine from their diet (eg. chocolate); they found that women who had five or more cups of coffee a day had a 19% lower risk compared to those who consumed one or two cups.

By comparison, women who drank more than one cup of tea a day had a 19% increased chance of developing the disease compared to non-drinkers, reports the International Journal of Cancer.

The mechanisms responsible are not fully understood, but one theory about the coffee’s benefits, say the researchers, is that it contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage which can lead to cancer.

Woohoo! Drink more coffee. I guess I wasn’t drinking enough.

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