If prostate cancer isn’t on your radar, it should be. It’s the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death for U.S. men. One in six men will be affected by this cancer, with more than 2 million men in the U.S. and 16 million men worldwide surviving it.
With those kinds of stats, chances are you or someone you know will be affected, but drinking coffee might just be the ace in your hand when it comes to preventing this cancer.
A study reported in The Prostate, which is published by Wiley, aimed to identify what compounds in coffee had an inhibiting effect on the proliferation and migration of prostate cancer cells. Specifically, the study looked at six potentially active types of coffee compounds: kahweol acetate, cafestol, caffeine, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, and trigonelline hydrochloride. What the researchers found was that the synergistic combination of kahweol acetate and cafestol had the desired effect.
The pair inhibited proliferation and migration and also induced apoptosis (the death of the cancer cells). They also inhibited epithelial-mesenchymal transition (a contributor to a cancer cell metastasising), and reduced nuclear androgen receptors in receptor-positive cells. While coffee may not cure or prevent prostate cancer, it does appear to stop or slow down the progression of prostate cancer, making it a potential approach for treating the cancer.
In other words, drinking coffee may have more benefits than just helping you start your day right.