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Multivitamins lower chance of Cancer for Men

Dr. J. Michael Gaziano, lead author of the study that appears online Oct. 17 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that men who take multivitamins every day for several years may lower their risk of cancer by a small amount.  The exact number of reduction for total cancer diagnoses was 8%.  There was “a suggestion of a benefit in cancer mortality of about 12 percent, but that was not quite statistically significant,” added Gaziano, who is a researcher with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare System.  Although multivitamins were originally developed to prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies, many people now also take multivitamins in the hopes that they might prevent various diseases, despite mixed evidence on the subject.

You can read more on the American Cancer Society’s Website.

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Coffee Decreases Chances of Certain Cancers

A team from Harvard University looked at the drinking habits of 67,000 women whose health had been tracked for more than 20 years.  The study found that women who drink four to six cups of coffee a day are less likely to suffer from womb cancer, while men who drink this amount are less likely to suffer prostate cancer, according to a study using 117,000 volunteers.  Those who drank four or more cups a day reduced their risk of endometrial cancer by 25%, compared with those who drank less than one cup a day.

A similar effect was found for decaffeinated coffee, but tea consumption had no impact. The researchers then looked at coffee intake among a group of 50,000 men over a 20-year period.  The results showed that those who drank six or more cups had an 18 per cent lower risk of suffering prostate cancer and a 60 per cent lower risk of developing its most deadly form.

The drink can improve glucose processing and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, all of which play roles in cancer progression.  In addition, Regular coffee drinkers also appear to have a lower risk of Type-2 diabetes, gallstones, colon cancer and even Parkinson’s disease.

Keep in mind that adding sugar and cream to each cup will add extra calories that could offset the benefits gained from the coffee itself.