Can Italian-style coffee help prevent prostate cancer?
AFP Relaxnews / 04:02 PM April 28, 2017
New European research, published this week in the International Journal of Cancer, has added to the growing body of evidence that coffee can have a protective effect against prostate cancer.
Carried out by the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention – I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, Italy, in collaboration with the Italian National Institute of Health and the I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata of Rome, the study shows that three or more cups of coffee a day can lower prostate cancer risk — as long as it is prepared the Italian way.
Many previous studies have not only shown that coffee can lower the risk of prostate cancer but also other types of cancer and conditions such as multiple sclerosis and heart disease.
However, George Pounis, first author of the paper, noted that so far the evidence of coffee’s health benefits has been considered insufficient to draw firm conclusions, with the team aiming to find out more and provide a clearer answer in their current research. For the new study, 6989 men from the Molise region of Italy were observed for an average of four years.
This method, different from those followed in other areas of the world, could lead to a higher concentration of bioactive substances. It will be very interesting, now, to explore this aspect. Coffee is an integral part of Italian lifestyle, which, we must remember, is not made just by individual foods, but also by the specific way they are prepared.”