Recent studies show that the antioxidants in coffee reduce the risk of some cancers. Better yet, it appears that the more you drink, the better protected you are. This means that four or more cups a day of your favorite brew could potentially spare your health and save your life. Some of the cancers from which coffee helps to safeguard you include oral, uterine, prostate, and brain cancers—and this is only a handful of them.
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that coffee drinkers were less at risk for melanomas. As published in the Experimental Hematology & Oncology journal, one study found that caffeine curbs certain proteins in lung cancer cells, which can prevent these cells from growing and multiplying.
According to other research, women who drink at least three cups of coffee a day lower their risk of developing endometrial cancer by 19 percent and experiencing a recurrence of breast cancer by 49 percent. However, it is important to note that the breast cancer patients were also taking the cancer drug tamoxifen.
Aids In Weight Loss
Obviously, a large latte with whip cream and extra shots of chocolate and syrup is not doing your waistline any favors. But for those who don’t mind plain black coffee, it is a whole different story. Coffee has been shown to slow weight gain, if only for the short term.
Chlorogenic acid, the compound in coffee that’s associated with improved eyesight, may also help to slow carbohydrate absorption. In addition, the caffeine in coffee can contribute to a metabolic rate increase of 3–11 percent. Caffeine speaks directly to the nervous system, telling it to break down fat cells, which directly leads to the burning of fat.
Of course, the results will vary from person to person. The most profound results occurred in leaner individuals. Those carrying around more weight will not benefit as much. But every little bit counts, right?
Coffee also helps with weight loss by enhancing athletic performance. Studies show an 11–12 percent boost on average as java mobilizes fatty acids from fat tissues.
Before you go sucking down entire pots of coffee in hopes of a permanent trim figure solution, keep in mind that studies have only shown this to work temporarily. The body will eventually become immune to the effects of coffee, and it will cease to work as well as it may have earlier.