Coffee may decrease the risk of Womb Cancer… but I would still opt for decaf…

All our lives, we have been told that coffee is a toxin and that if we drink it, it’s at our own risk, almost as if it has the same affects as alcohol or something. Well according to the below article from NHS Choices, a new study has shown that consuming coffee could aid a healthy lifestyle to help prevent cancer of the womb, something that has often been known to happen in post-menopausal women.

The article states that women that live a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and wholesome foods, are less likely to suffer from cancer of the womb, and cancer generally, as you may expect. It also says that women that carry less weight are at an advantage too, again an obvious tip. But what does coffee have to do with it?

According to the study, drinking coffee can ‘possibly’ decrease the chances of getting womb cancer, or ‘endometrial’ cancer. However, it was advised that tea does not have the same affect and should be avoided, in the same way as alcohol. But then if we avoided everything that added to the cause of different types of cancer, we would all live in bubbles and not ever enjoy ourselves!

In a recent article in the Huffington Post online, it was also stated that coffee can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer too. Scientists have said that too much coffee (more than 4 cups a day) can have an adverse affect on your health (probably because of the high caffeine intake) but it has also been reported that there were no differences between the effect of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee in reducing the risk of cancer, and so we could hit two birds with one stone and simply opt for a decaf option every time?

The study also found that other contributors that increase the risk include red meat, multi-vitamins and soya, so I guess next time you order in your local coffee shop, a skinny decaf cappucino is the way to go, unless you have a milk allergy of course, in which I would recommend a straight up decaf black americano instead! Contrary to popular belief, coffee does not increase stress levels but is great for waking us up in the morning. I suppose everything is ok in moderation, but if it’s simply that coffee taste you love, now you don’t have to feel guilty every time you grab a cup on your way to work. It’s ‘healthy’!

To read the articles mentioned above simply click on the links below.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/08/28/prostate-cancer-prevention-coffee_n_3827846.html

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2013/09September/Pages/diet-and-exercise-cut-womb-endometrial-cancer-risk.aspx

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