Coffee has picked up a lot of press lately over its health benefits and powerful antioxidant properties.
And now, a Swedish study shows that women who drink at least two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day may delay the onset, or prevent the occurrence, of breast cancer, depending upon a particular gene.
In a study of 460 breast cancer patients, approximately half of the women had a gene variant called A/A. Those women were about 10 years older than the non-coffee consuming women when they were diagnosed.
While women with the A/C or C/C variant saw about two-thirds the overall risk of contracting breast cancer when compared to non-coffee consumers.
Study leader Helena Jernstrom stresses that, since these findings are very preliminary, it‘d be premature to make coffee-consumption recommendations at this point. In the mean time, if you‘re on the fence about having another cup...why not go ahead and enjoy!