That morning cup of coffee may do more than wake you up. A new study shows a lower risk of (metatastic) prostate cancer. Researchers tracked 48,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study from 1986 to 200. Those who drank one to five cups of coffee (regular or decaf) a day had a 30% lower risk of prostate cancer than those who consumed no coffee. Various studies also show how coffee may help reduce the risk of other diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, colon cancer, cirrhosis, gall stones, depression and more.
Caffeine is not the issue; it’s the whole coffee package. Research points to antioxidants -- nutrients that help prevent tissue damage caused by molecules called oxygen-free radicals. Coffee has a very strong antioxidant capacity. Coffee also contains minerals such as magnesium and chromium, which help the body use the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar (glucose).
A 2009 study from Finland and Sweden showed that, out of 1,400 people followed for about 20 years, those who reported drinking 3-5 cups of coffee daily were 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, compared with nondrinkers or occasional coffee drinkers.
As with everything, remember to use moderation. Keep in mind that coffee accompaniments such as cream and sugar add fat and calories to your diet. Finally, heavy caffeine use (four to seven cups a day) can cause problems such as restlessness, anxiety, irritability and insomnia.
~ Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2011