Drinking a cup of coffee regularly may help prevent the development of prostate cancer in men، according to a new study by Japanese researchers.
In an article featured in the journal The Prostate، scientists from Kanazawa University in Japan have discovered the potential of two compounds in coffee to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
Coffee is known to cause both positive and negative effects on human health. One such potential is its ability to reduce the occurrence of certain malignancies، particularly prostate cancer.
This is what Hiroaki Iwamoto، a researcher from KU's Graduate School of Medical Science، and his colleagues set out to explore in their pilot study.
Coffee's Anti-Prostate Cancer Benefits Iwamoto and his team first identified six compounds found naturally in coffee to see how they can affect the growth of cancer cells in the prostate. As their research progressed، they narrowed it down to two specific compounds: kahweol acetate and cafestol.
The researchers tested the compounds on laboratory mice transplanted with prostate cancer cells. They then divided the animals into four groups، where one group would be treated with kahweol acetate، one group with cafestol، one group with both kahweol acetate and cafestol، and another group that would serve as controls.
The team saw that the mice treated with a combination of kahweol acetate and cafestol had their prostate cancer grow far slower than those that did not receive any treatment.
After 11 days of testing، the animals that received both compounds had their tumors grow by only one and a half times or 167 percent compared to their original size.
Meanwhile، those that did not receive any of the compounds had their tumors grow by about three and a half times or 342 percent than their original size.
Kahweol acetate and cafestol helped retard even the growth of malignant cells that are known to be highly resistant to cancer treatment drugs.