(OrganicJar) Researchers from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute recently discovered that women who drink a few cups of tea and coffee each day may have a lower risk of endometrial cancer.
Endometrial cancer arises in the lining of the uterus. Some risk factors have been established — including older age, obesity and factors that expose women to more estrogen, such as late menopause and estrogen therapy after menopause.
In the new study, researchers found that among nearly 1,100 women they surveyed, coffee and tea drinkers seemed to have a lower risk of the uterine cancer than non-drinkers.
Women who drank more than four cups of coffee and tea each day were only half as likely as non-drinkers to have endometrial cancer. Similarly, women who drank only tea — more than two cups per day — had a 44 percent lower risk of the disease.
Women who drank coffee alone showed a lower risk as well, but the evidence was not as strong. Those who drank more than two cups a day were 29 percent less likely to have endometrial cancer.
Exactly why tea and coffee might protect against endometrial is not certain. One possibility is caffeine, lab research shows that caffeine induces certain enzymes that help neutralize potentially cancer-causing substances in the body.
I thought this study was very interesting because the underlying topic is synergy. Why is it that tea ‘and’ coffee together create the greatest risk reduction in uterine cancer? They theorize that it’s the caffeine in both, but what if it’s not…interesting stuff.
I personally love tea, and occasionally have coffee as well. For those of you who don’t drink coffee because of its high acidity, check out mushroom infused coffee, pricey but tasty.
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