Medicine with cream and sugar

China is not only flooding the marketplace with competing goods, their scientists are distributing some interesting information about one of the darlings of personal habituation: Coffee. The Fudan University in Shanghai  recently completed a meta study that demonstrated that coffee consumption is not only an energy drink, but is also a hedge against numerous forms of cancer. According to the study, an extra cup of coffee directly correlates to a 3 percent reduction in in risk for a broad range of cancers. Our own Harvard University announced following a 20 year study of just under 48,000 men that drank six or more cups of coffee every day 18% less likely to get prostate cancer than nondrinkers of the brew. They also found that the coffee slurpers were 60% less likely to die from prostate cancer if they contracted it.

Apparently coffe does a lot more than create jitters and machine gun delivery of unintelligible statements. That;s good news for the most part, but it doesn’t explain why Seattle, arguably a coffee capitol of America, doesn’t have a lower incidence of cancer than localities where coffee is less of a staple. One would think that a place like Seattle, whose sewer water contains startling levels of caffeine from all of the restroom use due to large coffee consumption should be a veritable cancer wasteland, being harder to find than common sense in Congress. But in spite of the decades long research results, there is nowhere one can live to reduce their chances of cancer. Fortunately, you can drink coffee almost anywhere, and it’s one’s personal consumption that makes the difference, not where a person lives or works.

One might think that with all that coffee drinkling that consumers of the dark liquid would be a generally healthy group. Not so. It turns out that consumers of six or more cups of coffee every day are much more likely to be smokers, and worse yet, smokers that avoid exercise with nearly religious zealousness. Surprisingly, it’s not caffeine that’s the special cancer fighting ingredient. In fact, no one is sure what it is in coffee that triggers the reduction of cancer incidence. Which is to say that while they can say it’s not caffeine, they can’t discover what it is that offers the benefits, such as they are.

More research shows that coffe drinkers are less likely to get headaches, are somewhat faster thinkers, and tend to show a bit more creativity in complex thinking than their lesser consuming counterparts. While coffee isn’t addictive, it’s also true that people who stop drinking coffee suffer lethargy, muddled thinking, and an increase in headaches –and that once they resume their coffee ‘habit,’ that they return to their previous improved state.

The bottom line is not that coffee is some sort of panacea for anti-cancer living. Coffee still prevents many people from getting the deep sleep they desperately need, can be responsible for palpitations and a fleeting increase in blood pressure and that’s not exactly a healthy thing. But apparently there are more positives to the beverage than negatives. In a world where we have discovered that a sleep medication like Ambien can wake up abilities in victims of brain damage, the benefits of coffee shouldn’t be too big a surprise.

But one shouldn’t equate the relative benefits of coffee to any energy drink. As said, it’s not the caffeine that provides the benefit. To the contrary, the caffeine found in energy drinks and used to flavor colas provides no health benefits at all, and in fact are associated with the negatives of palpitations, erratic behavior (often aggressive) and sleep dysfunction. There’s not a whole lot of difference between these beverages and amphetamines when they are consumed to the point of abuse. Those who maintain that their energy drinks are a positive in their livges are not getting the benefit they believe they are. Much like the type A personalities that believe they can multitask effectively, the opposite is true and confirmed in research study after research study.

The benefits of coffee consumption are now documented and backed up by some serious study and research across a wide dispersion of people in a diverse number of localities. So coffee drinkers can, especially in terms of cancer, take it to heart that not only are they improving their efficiency as they enjoy their daily brews, but they’re striking a blow for prevention against cancer, a scourge of our times.