A bewildering amount of new research has many people confused about the effect that coffee drinking has on cancer risk. While some people continue to believe the old myths about coffee stunting growth and being generally unhealthy, others have grasped new studies to support unlimited coffee drinking.
Which side has it right? It turns out that neither is completely accurate.
New scientific studies into the contents and their impact on our overall health have revealed some encouraging information. The compounds and nutrients in coffee do provide protection against some forms of cancer. Specifically, these ones:
This is an impressive list, but should not be used to praise coffee as a miracle drink. Researchers are still not sure about the effect that coffee drinking may have on many other forms of cancer, including stomach, pancreas, and skin cancers. A possible link between coffee and the risk of lung cancer and bladder cancer is the center of ongoing research and scientific studies.
What should you take from this? A moderate amount of coffee each day has some great health benefits. Like so many good things, too much can cause an intake of too much caffeine. There is also the potential issue of too much of whatever you use to flavor your coffee. However, you can rest assured that the tired myths about coffee that we grew up with are patently false. Enjoy your mug of joe knowing that the antioxidants, minerals, and compounds found in coffee are providing you with benefits besides your morning pick-me-up.