Drinking coffee may not just help your brain wake up; it may actually save your stomach from developing cancer. This is the word coming down from research done at the University of Southern California.
According to the study, people who consumed regular or decaf coffee had a 26 percent less chance of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, which is the U.S.’ fourth common kind of cancer, than people who didn’t drink coffee.
But, you don’t have to drink a lot of it to benefit.
People who had just two servings per day decreased their chances of developing this cancer by 22 percent than people who drank one or less servings each day. People who drank more than two serving decreased their risk by more than 50 percent.
What’s The Key Ingredient?
Since the study looked at both regular and decaf coffee, researchers think there’s another reason coffee drinkers decrease their chances of developing it – compounds known as melanoidins.
According to the study’s author Dr. Stephen Gruber, these compounds occur when the coffee is being roasted, and they help to speed up the process in which food travels through the intestines. He said the less time food speeds in the stomach region, the better because the stomach isn’t being exposed to dangerous agents.
Still More Research To Be Done
Because of how the study was designed, researchers were unable to conclusively prove the cause-effect relationship between the reduction in colon cancer and coffee. Therefore, additional research would be needed before experts can say, with certainty, that coffee drink is a key way to decrease your chances of developing colon cancer.
Still, you can continue consuming the coffee. Do that along with eating a high fruit and vegetable diet and get exercise to ensure your digestive system and gut stays protected.