A new study has shown that drinking four (4) cups of caffeinated coffee on a daily basis lowers the risk of death as well as the risk of tumor recurrence in bowel cancer patients.
In fact the dark liquid was proven to be so effective that patients who had stage III bowel cancer and the habit of drinking at least four (4) cups of caffeinated coffee each day, increased their chances of not experiencing tumor recurrence or death from the disease by 52 percent (52%).
And even bowel cancer patients who only drank two (2) to (3) cups of caffeinated coffee each day still improved their chances of not experiencing tumor recurrence or death from the disease, thought to a lesser extent. The only catch was that their coffee consumption had to be a regular habit.
Dr. Charles Fuchs, director of gastrointestinal cancer over at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston) and the study’s lead author offered a statement informing that “There is already an abundance of evidence that diet and lifestyle can have a great deal of positive impact in terms of reducing the risk for developing colon cancer”.
But now, the medical community can add regularly drinking caffeinated coffee to that list. Dr. Fuchs said that the beverage seems to independently improve the outcome of bowel cancer.
To prove these finding, Dr. Fuchs and his colleagues analyzed data gather from roughly 950 patients suffering from stage III bowel cancer. They had to fill out nutrition questionnaires once during the time they underwent postsurgical chemotherapy treatment, and a second time, six (6) months after finishing their treatment.
More than 130 drinks and foods were touched upon in the questionnaires, including decaffeinated coffee, caffeinated coffee and caffeinated tea. After this phase, the subjects were monitored for seven (7) years for cancer recurrence as well as death rates.
Out of the 950 patients in the study, 329 of them experienced cancer recurrence, typically within (5) years of finishing the initial treatment. And 288 out of these 329 ended up dying because of their bowel cancer. On top of everything, 36 additional patients died without experiencing cancer recurrence.
However, there was a pattern among survivors and victims – those who consumed two (2) to (3) caffeinated coffees on a daily basis had a smaller chancre of experiencing tumor recurrence or death. And those who consumed four (4) or more caffeinated coffees on a daily basis had an even smaller chancre of experiencing tumor recurrence or death.
The results stayed the same even after the researcher team took into account consumption of carbohydrates, sugary beverages, and other foods or drinks that can make the disease spread faster.
It’s worth mentioning that caffeinated tea, decaffeinated coffee and drinking only one caffeinated coffee each day were not shown to have the same health benefits.
Dr. Fuchs admitted that further studies need to be conducted as only a small number of participants drank decaffeinated coffee or caffeinated tea, however, based on the information that he and his colleagues have gather so far, he also believes that the caffeine found in caffeinated coffee may indeed improves the outcome of bowel cancer.
The study was published earlier this week, on August 17, 2015, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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