If you see me between the hours of 5am and 11am, there’s a good chance I have a giant mug of coffee in my hand. Honestly, you’ll probably find me with a cup of iced coffee in my hand most afternoons as well, but at least it’s decaf by then. Coffee is one of the nutritional controversies that vacillates between good and bad for your health every couple of years. Coffee may make you smarter, burn fat, lengthen your life, and decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s. It may also cause bone loss, raise blood pressure, and cause sleep abnormalities. While those coffee-related topics continue to be debated, a new study reveals that drinking coffee may reduce breast cancer relapse. Women who drank coffee and were treated with the anti-estrogen drug Tamoxifen were less likely to have a reoccurrence of breast cancer.
The study found that breast cancer relapse was reduced by half for women that drank two cups of coffee per day, perhaps by increasing the effectiveness of Tamoxifen. The drug is commonly prescribed after breast cancer treatment to prevent reoccurrence by blocking estrogen receptors and preventing estrogen from fueling cancer cells.
Coffee has also been shown to reduce other types of cancer, such as skin cancer, by slowing the growth of cancer cells. With my pale, freckled skin, that’s enough reason for me to keep the coffee pot brewing.