“Drink up, it’ll put hair on your chest!”
For many men, that phrase was their first introduction to a steaming cup of hot, black, and bitter coffee (ok, and perhaps to their first taste of whiskey as well…but that’s another story).
Now a new study reveals that we might want to change that phrase to “Drink up, it’ll put hair on your chest and reduce your risk of developing deadly prostate cancer!”
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health followed 47,911 men, having them report their coffee consumption every four years between 1986 and 2008. During those 22 years, 5,035 of the study participants were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 642 of those diagnosed died from the disease.
When the researchers combed through the data from the study, they came up with some really exciting findings…especially if you happen to be a fan of the java juice.
The men who reported having consumed the most coffee… six or more cups per day… had an almost 20 percent lower risk of developing any form of prostate cancer then did the others. Even more astonishing, the men who drank the most coffee also had a 60 percent lower risk of developing a deadly form of the cancer!
Now if you’re thinking that six cups is is a heck of a lot of coffee to be downing every single day…even if you are a confirmed coffee enthusiast…I have good news for you on that front as well. Men who drank just one to three cups per day still had an impressive 30 percent lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer.
Oh, and unlike some other pro-coffee studies I’ve reported on, these reductions in risk were seen whether a man was drinking regular or decaffeinated coffee.
Since this is the first study of its kind more research is, of course, needed to confirm and expand on these findings. But if you’re a man who drinks coffee just know that all signs point to this being a good habit… at least as far as your prostate is concerned.
If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’ve made it no secret that I’m a huge fan of coffee myself. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, a cup of good black coffee is practically a health drink.
It’s packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants, has been associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline, may lower your risk for Type II diabetes, and has even been found, in one study, to lower your risk of stroke by as much as 25 percent.
If you like a little milk in your coffee, go ahead and indulge in a dollop of the organic variety (or raw if you can get it). A study published in the Journal of Nutrition shows that whole milk doesn’t reduce the bioavailability of the antioxidants in your favorite morning drink. But do skip the inflammation-causing sugar.
A wise man once said, “No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness.” I couldn’t agree more.