Coffee, you love it, but all the experts say not to drink too much. Some even say to avoid it. Should you?
Studies show that high coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. Most men will be all over this news, sorry, ladies.
So, what’s the connection?
For starters, coffee has plenty of antioxidants that are known to prevent cell damage and combat inflammation, which may lower your chance of any type of cancer. Inflammation and cell damage don’t help anyone and can increase the chance of any kind of cancer.
But, certain compounds in coffee specifically fight prostate cancer. This is amazing news for men of all ages.
But there’s a catch.
Boiled coffee fights the risk of prostate cancer much more than filtered coffee. When you filter coffee, you trap the two compounds that scientists think prevent or kills prostate cancer – kahweol acetate and cafestol. You don’t have to know them or pronounce them, just know your body needs them if you want to prevent or fight prostate cancer.
Even if you aren’t worried about prostate cancer (although every man should worry about it), there are other reasons coffee may benefit your health. Staying healthy is the number one way to prevent any cancer, not just prostate.
Coffee is chock full of vitamins
Everyone needs vitamins, and we don’t always get them from the food we eat. Sure, we get some, but it’s hard to get everything. Drinking a couple of cups of joe a day may help.
Coffee contains vitamin B, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Even though each cup contains trace amounts of each vitamin and mineral, if you add up the cups you drink throughout the day, you’ll see the nutrient you’re providing your body.
Coffee gives you energy and helps you focus
If you’ve ever dragged your feet over to the coffee machine, feeling like you haven’t’ slept in days only to feel ready for whatever comes your way after drinking your first cup of joe, you’ve seen the beauty of caffeine.
It may boost your mood, help you focus, and get you going for the day.
If it helps you move around, make healthy meals, and exercise, you’re doing even more to fight your chances of prostate cancer.
Avoiding excessive sugar, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and sticking to healthy carbs versus processed help lower your prostate cancer chances. Let’s not forget about the positive effects of exercise too.
Even 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day may help your chances of fighting cancer, including prostate.
While this isn’t an invitation to go crazy on your coffee habit, knowing there are nutritional benefits of consuming your morning cup of joe if you make it right can make you feel a lot better.
Use that energy for something useful, like exercising or planning your healthy meals for the day, and you’re on your way to a healthy and happy lifestyle.