A Coffee a Day Keeps Head Cancer Away

Posted June 23, 2010 in News of the Day, Research 2 Comments »
Healthy Coffee
Healthy Coffee

OK, I might be stretching it a little bit with that post title, but the facts are the facts: coffee does have positive health benefits, the most recent being that coffee may cut down the risk of developing head and neck cancer.

The results were pooled from 9 other studies done throughout the years, and scientists feel confident in saying that the risk of developing head and neck cancer was 12 percent lower in people who drank coffee compared with those who didn’t.

In this case more is better, as people who drank more than 4 cups of coffee a day had a 33% less chance of developing the cancer. Now, I’m not trying to drink 5 cups of coffee a day, but I won’t feel too bad if I have 2 or even 3 cups.

Decaffeinated coffee and tea had no measure effect on decreasing the risk of head and neck cancer.

Read the research article here: Coffee and Tea Intake and Risk of Head and Neck Cancer

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2 Responses to “A Coffee a Day Keeps Head Cancer Away”

  1. I have heard that too much caffeine can be detrimental to muscle growth because of its tendency to increase cortisol which has catabolic effects. That being said, it also stimulates testosterone production, so its actual effects are a little unclear. Here’s a little medical study I found on the web to back it up:


    Just curious if you’ve heard anything alomng these lines and I’m interersted to hear your take on it.

    • Interesting. It seems the effects of caffeine on testosterone and cortisol offset each other, such that coffee has no real hormonal impact on resistance training. It does seem that cortisol is elevated more than testosterone, so this could be seen as a slightly negative effect. However, caffeine offers us an increased energy level when training, so to me that offsets the potential increase in cortisol. In conclusion, I like to drink a coffee before a workout as it gives me a little boost in energy, and I’m not all that concerned with the increase in cortisol since testosterone increases too.

      Further, I have addressed the study here: does caffeine help you build muscle?

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