Study reveals coffee's latest health benefit
People's opinions on coffee can sometimes be polarizing. While some drinkers swear by the beverage, others claim it has adverse effects on your health. Results of a pair of studies will be seen as a victory to those who tout coffee's benefits. Researchers have found that women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day lower their risk of developing endometrial cancer, AARP Bulletin reports.
The first study analyzed the activity of more than 67,000 women. It found that the subjects who drank four or more eight-ounce cups of coffee enjoyed a 25 percent lower risk of an endometrial cancer diagnosis. The results were not shocking to the scientists. They knew that coffee can reduce both insulin and estrogen in a drinker's body and high levels of both have been known to cause cancer.
The second study looked a larger group of women but found very similar results. The only difference was researchers discovered simply drinking more than three cups a day made women 35 percent less likely to develop endometrial cancer.
According to AARP, the news should be especially good for baby boomers. Of the 46,000 new cases of endometrial cancer diagnosed each year, most are in women over 50. Additionally, drinking this popular beverage is something that they're likely already doing. National Coffee Association statistics found that in 2010, 54 percent of Americans over 18 drink an average of 3.1 cups of coffee every day.
While this is the latest study suggesting that coffee consumption has health benefits, it is not the only one. Scientists found that something in coffee is responsible for boosting a person's granulocyte colony stimulating factor, which has proven to fight off Alzheimer's disease, according to The Huffington Post.
"There is a synergistic interaction between caffeine and some mystery component of coffee that provides this beneficial increase in blood GCSF levels," researcher Dr. Chuanhai Cao said in a statement.
Still, as is the case with everything, too much of a good thing may be dangerous. Though moderate coffee consumption can provide you with some advantages, drinking too much will likely overshadow any benefit you may have received.
Drinking more than four cups a day can be where you start to see problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, it can cause insomnia, irritability and a quickened heart beat.
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