Strong Coffee May Protect Women Against Colon Cancer
Many say there is magic in the air during this time of the year, but I personally believe with the holidays rapidly approaching, the magic comes from an overabundance of coffee flowing through our veins. We are all wired, hustling and bustling with caffeine induced grins all in the name of last-minute shopping, baking and holiday parties.
Translation: Holidays = Less Sleep = More Coffee!
While coffee has received a bad reputation for its ill effects on one’s health, some good news has been reported that cleans up the good ol’ cup of joe’s image. “Women who regularly drank three or more cups of coffee a day had a 32 percent lower risk of colon cancer than those who almost never consumed coffee,” according to Johns Hopkins Medical.
Did you just hear that? All the mothers of children under the age of five just screamed with joy.
Now you ask: How can this be? Well apparently, coffee offers two sources of protection against colon cancer: antioxidants and methylpyridinium.
In 2003, a group of German researchers found that methylpyridinium enhances the activity of phase II enzymes, which are believed to protect the body against colon cancer. The study also revealed that the stronger the coffee the higher the level of protection. So, when you order your mojo, go-big or go-home, because an espresso-type coffee contains two to three times more methylpyridinium than a medium-roast coffee.
Ready for some more good news? Caffeinated, decaffeinated and instant coffee all have antioxidants, which are formed during the roasting process. Antioxidants stabilize free radicals that could harm cells in your body, helping prevent colon cancer.
Unfortunately for men, this study revealed that males do not appear to reap the same benefits as women from coffee drinking.
So ladies, don’t feel guilty this holiday season when you down those extra cups of liquid energy. Know that your not only helping create seasonal magic, you’re also helping prevent colon cancer.Tags: Healthy Living Tips