A new study paper released in the International Journal of Cancer brings good new for those who love a good cup of coffee. Three cups of the drink a day have been shown to lower the risk of prostate cancer. This new research is just one positive conclusion of many. But as with other beneficial foods, proper preparation is vital. To ward off prostate cancer, people may benefit from brewing coffee the Italian way.
Cancer Prevention Thank To His Italian Way Of Brewing Coffee?
The Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, Italy, spearheaded the survey of nearly 7,000 men in the Molise region of Italy to further study the drink’s effects. Coffee, in particular, is a popular and vital part of the country’s national diet.
The researchers discovered a 53% reduction in the risk of prostate cancer in those who regularly drank coffee. They found similar results after testing caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee extracts on prostate cancer cells. Tested showed that only the caffeinated samples reduced cell proliferation.
These results suggest that the caffeine content has the predominant impact, rather than any technique or compounds in the drink. The Italian fashion of brewing coffee may still have a larger effect on the drink, however. This is according to Licia Iacoviello, Head of the Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology Laboratory.
“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.”
Brewing the coffee with high pressure, high water temperatures, and no filters could thereby strengthening coffee’s protective potential.
The paper’s first author, George Pounis, notes that previous coffee studies yielded inconclusive or contradictory results. He said that the this study’s goal was to “increase knowledge in this field”. The team is trying to do so by offering a “clear view” on the matter.