Colon Cancer Treatment with Coffee

Coffee has many health benefits in that diseases like type II diabetes, Alzheimer´s disease, Parkinson´s disease and various cancers can be reduced in frequency by drinking coffee every day. Four years ago we wrote that more organic coffee can lead to less colon cancer.

It turns out that one of the antioxidants obtained during the process of roasting organic coffee may well reduce the risk of getting colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the USA.

For many years medical researchers have known that a set of enzymes in the human body, phase II enzymes have a protective effect. They help us avoid getting colon cancer. The higher the level of phase two enzymes you have the lower your risk is of getting colon cancer. Here is where a good cup of organic coffee comes in. The methylpyridium produced as a natural byproduct of roasting organic coffee raises phase II enzyme levels. In fact more coffee means more methylpyridium which means higher levels of phase II enzymes.

Now it turns out that not only does coffee help prevent colon cancer but colon cancer treatment with coffee is a reality. Here is how it works.

Colon Cancer Treatment with Coffee

The New York Times reports on how colon cancer survival may be prolonged by drinking coffee.

Colon cancer patients who were heavy coffee drinkers had a far lower risk of dying or having their cancer return than those who did not drink coffee, with significant benefits starting at two to three cups a day, a new study found. Patients who drank four cups of caffeinated coffee or more a day had half the rate of recurrence or death than non-coffee drinkers.

There is more research to be done to prove cause and effect but the results are clear. Inadvertent cancer treatment with coffee is associated with fewer recurrences and deaths.

How Much Coffee Does the Job?

The Australian goes into more detail reporting on the success of colon cancer treatment with coffee, especially the lower risk of relapse.

More than 950 stage-three sufferers – whose cancer had spread to nearby lymph nodes, but no further in the body – ­reported their food, drink and health supplement intake during and six months after chemotherapy.

Dr Fuchs said stage three patients had about a 35 per cent chance of recurrence.

But the study found that those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were 42 per cent less likely to experience a relapse.

Two or three cups a day produced a “more modest” benefit, the institute said.

This association of amount of coffee consumed and benefits is seen in type II diabetes and other benefits of drinking coffee. Four cups of coffee up to six a day seems to be the magic range with benefits falling off in the two to three cup a day range. The doctors who reported this result say that it is too soon to recommend drinking coffee as colon cancer treatment but the evidence shows clearly that drinking coffee is likely to help you avoid the disease in the first place.

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