A study involving 7,000 men found that those who drank more than 3 cups of Italian style coffee a day (for example, expresso or cappuccino), had a 53 per cent lowered prostate cancer risk.
The reason was put down to the intake of caffeine as no such benefit was seen with those who used decaffeinated coffee.
The research was conducted by I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed in collaboration with the Italian National Institute of Health and the I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Dermopatico dell´Immacolata of Rome. It was published in the International Journal of Oncology. The observations were back up by laboratory tests. These showed a reduction in cancer cell proliferation and metastases.
Chris Woollams, Former Oxford University Biochemist and writer of the original Rainbow Diet Book in 2005 said, “This is all quite interesting and runs counter to popular belief. Of course the local scientists might be biased towards ´Italian Coffee´, but real coffee, freshly brewed contains natural diterpenes which actually have cancer-corrective (epigenetic) powers. It is all too easy to write off coffee and caffeine. But then most people in the UK drink the granulated, rather than real, version of coffee.”
According to Frank Hu, Epidemiology and Nutrition Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, the benefits of real coffee far outweigh any problems. There is now research available showing that people drinking real coffee (made with filter or cafetière), are less likely to develop Type-2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, and dementia with less risk of cancer, strokes and heart rhythm problems.
“Sitting with friends sipping a small real coffee is another part of the colourful Mediterranean diet, or the Rainbow Diet. Pictures of 90-year old people in Sardinia sitting laughing and sipping coffee while they discuss the world are a strong image in my mind” added Woollams.