Drinking coffee may help prevent colon cancer, according to a group of researchers in Germany. They identified a potent antioxidant compound in the popular brew that appears to boost the activity of phase II enzymes, which are thought to protect against colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.Although researchers have suspected for years that coffee consumption may offer some protection against cancer as a result of the drink’s high antioxidant content, this study represents the first time that a specific, highly active anticancer compound has been identified in the beverage.To investigate the theory that coffee fights cancer, researchers prepared a conventional coffee beverage using roasted, decaffeinated beans from Columbia. Specially prepared extracts of the brew were then exposed to laboratory preparations of human intestinal cells for three days and results were compared to cells that were not exposed to coffee.The anticancer compound, called methylpyridinium, is found almost exclusively in coffee and coffee products but is not found in significant amounts in other foods and beverages.If you don’t like coffee but still want its anticancer benefits, there may be an option in the future: A pill or dietary supplement could one day be developed, the… Read full this story
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