Knock Yourself Out On Caffeine To Prevent Breast Cancer
Today, Stockholm's Karolinska Institute reaffirmed the findings of a few earlier studies indicating that lots of coffee (5+cups) consumed daily can reduce a woman's risk of certain types of breast cancer, But while the positive effects of coffee in reducing the risks of prostate, liver, and yes, now breast cancer, researchers need to remember the deleterious effects of five or more cups of coffee per day.
This newest study, published in the journal Breast Cancer Research, analyzed data from almost 6,000 post-menopausal women. Those who drank 5 or more cups of coffee per day reduced their risk of a particularly hard to treat form of breast cancer - oestrogen-receptor negative breast cancer - by 57 percent.
Even in breast cancers overall, women who drank a lot of coffee were somewhat less likely to develop breast cancer than women who drank little or no coffee.
But at what expense? Five cups of coffee daily can cause nervousness, irritability, anxiety, muscle twitching, insomnia, headaches, and heart palpitations. And that's nothing! Caffeine causes stress, which itself is a contributor to many cancers, not to mention high blood pressure, insomnia, and ulcers.
The same body chemical that responds to caffeine to cause physical stress, cortisol, can also cause visual and auditory hallucinations, and in some cases, even more serious psychotic episodes.
While the research suggests promising effects of the drug caffeine on preventing certain cancers, diabetes, and several other serious diseases, other research needs to work out how to develop a synthetic caffeine that allows you to lead an otherwise healthy life while you're preventing these diseases.