Coffee is considered as among the most popular drinks on the planet. Most of the people regard it as a complex cocktail. Coffee contains over 1000 non-volatile chemical components and over 1500 of the non-volatile varieties.
The concentration and the types of these chemicals vary a lot and depend on a lot of factors like how the makers prepare the coffee beans.
Scientists are potentially intrigued by the miracles of coffee and its effect on health. A beverage that is rich in so many active ingredients and that is enjoyed by so many people all over must definitely have an effect on the masses at large.
While certain studies have proven how coffee is beneficial for health, a lot of questions still remain.
A lot of recent studies have been throwing light upon the associations between coffee consumption and the reduction in the risk of prostate cancer.
As per the CDC, prostate cancer is among the leading causes of deaths due to cancer in men. If the chemicals present in a coffee can reduce this risk, it is definitely a line worth pursuing.
Impact of Coffee on Prostate Cancer
Scientists are busy digging deeper into the chemical structure of the coffee in order to understand how the constituents may work against cancer.
Recently, the researchers belonging to Japan tested different coffee compounds against prostate cancer. They specifically used all the cells that were resistant to all the usual drugs for cancer like cabazitaxel.
This scientist presented their findings in a journal named The Prostate.
Initially, the scientists checked the effects of six different compounds in coffee. Later, they narrowed their focus on only two of them i.e. cafestol and kahweol. Both of these chemicals are hydrocarbons that are present in Arabica Coffee.
During the preliminary experiments, the scientists that when they added cafestol and kahweol acetate to the prostate cancer cells, the growth of the cells was reduced.
Later, the tested the same two compounds and their effects on the prostate cancer cells that they transplanted into the mice. The study used 16 mice were 4 of them controlled with no treatments. They provided 4 of them with kahweol and four others with cafestol. The remaining 4 mice were given both the drugs.
The researchers found that kahweol acetate and cafestol were actively inhibiting the growth of cancer cells in the mice individually. However, their combination worked in synergy leading to a decreased growth of tumors as compared to the untreated mice.
The effects of coffee in this study were considered remarkable and striking.
After 11 days of following, the untreated tumors in the mice had been increased 3.5 times as compared to their original volume. On the other hand, the tumors in the treated mice were reduced by about 1.5 times the original size.
These studies are promising but they must not urge the people to alter their coffee consumption. Coffee and both negative and positive effects. Furthermore, the results require further confirmation.