In a recent post we discussed the high antioxidant content of caffeine and some of the many health benefits that go hand in hand with antioxidant consumption. A new study conducted by researchers in Sweden could give health care providers another big reason to recommend coffee breaks to their patients.
The study followed nearly six thousand Swedish born women between the ages of 50 and 74 to determine the effects that coffee consumption had on breast cancer risk. While overall breast cancer risk was only moderately affected by drinking coffee the risk of one particular type, estrogen receptor negative, appeared to be dramatically affected by coffee consumption. Researcher concluded that women in the study who drank five or more cups of coffee per day reduced their risk of estrogen receptor negative breast cancer tumors by nearly sixty percent.
Experts say the findings in this particular study are interesting but certainly don’t serve as conclusive evidence that coffee reduces the risk of breast cancer. Previous research has delivered mixed results on the effects of coffee consumption and breast cancer risk and one study from 2008 ended with results that were almost exactly the opposite of this study.
Prior to making any major lifestyle changes or adjustments to diet it is important to consult your health care provider. Your health care professional will be able to provide you with the safest and most effective suggestions for improving your overall health and minimizing your chances for serious health conditions.