Not like you need another reason to add to the long list titled “Why I Love Coffee,” but our we wanted to share with why you can enjoy your morning jolt even more. A new study links drinking several cups a day with decreases risk of dying from oral cancer.
Medical News Today shared that, the American Journal of Epidemiology published a study that resulted in an association between drinking more than four cups of coffee a day and a halved risk of dying from oral and pharyngeal cancers.” Now if that isn’t a reason to keep the coffee coming, then I don’t know what is. Although researchers have found an association between the two, they will be doing more work to figure our why coffee and lack of oral cancer is linked.
Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world and offers a variety of benefits, such as:
- Women who drink a few cups of caffeinated coffee have a lower risk of depression than women who don’t drink any coffee, according to a Harvard study.
- A study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that there’s something in coffee — though researchers have yet to determine what exactly that “something” is — interacts with caffeine to boost the levels of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF), a growth factor that seems to be able to fight off Alzheimer’s disease in mice.
- New research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research conference shows that coffee could help to ward off basal cell carcinoma, the most common cancer in the world.
Coffee contains a variety of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other biologically active compounds that may help protect you against the development or progression of some cancers. Oral/pharyngeal cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in the world so this study that was conducted strengthened the evidence of a possible protective effect of caffeinated coffee in the etiology and/or progression of cancers of the mouth and pharynx.
Researchers found a link between drinking more caffeinated coffee and having less of a risk of dying from the cancer — specifically, people who drank more than four cups a day had a 49 percent decreased death risk from this cause, compared with people who didn’t drink coffee.
So when you are debating on if you need that second or third cup or not, go on ahead because coffee can help you in all sorts of ways! Our doctors at Artistic Touch Dentistry are always available to help you with your oral hygiene so call our office today to schedule an appointment!