Have you ever thought you just could not live without your morning cup of coffee? Well, research has found that you may be right. A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology has suggested an association between drinking four or more cups of coffee a day and a reduced risk of mouth and throat cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute there are over 50,000 new cases of throat and mouth cancer reported each year. Symptoms can be vague and often go undetected. Tobacco and excessive alcohol use dramatically increase your risk and men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer. If not diagnosed and treated early the prognosis is not good. Oral cancer is a life threatening disease.
Researchers are still working to determine the exact role of coffee in reducing oral cancers. Caffeine has already been dismissed as a possible responsible ingredient as tea drinkers studied did not see the same cancer reducing results. Coffee contains hundreds of chemicals such as Cafestrol and Kahweol both of which have anti-cancer properties. Keep in mind; this is not the first study connecting coffee to improved health benefits. Other studies have suggested coffee can help improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of strokes, improve mental function, and is loaded with antioxidants.
Did you know a study in Wired Magazine credited Trigonelline, an ingredient found in coffee, as a cavity-fighting agent? Studies show that coffee has anti-adhesive properties that inhibit microorganisms, including Streptococcus mutans, from adhering to tooth enamel. Make sure your diet contains a balanced mixture of fruits and vegetables and brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly to keep your body healthy for a lifetime. Now it’s time for the Java Junkies to celebrate!