Coffee compounds could help slow prostate cancer cells’ growth. The researchers behind a new review explained that coffee contains two compounds that might help curb prostate cancer.
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages. It contains more than 1,000 nonvolatile chemical compounds. However, concentrations of these chemicals vary and depend on how the makers prepare the beans.
In a new study, the researchers looked at whether coffee consumption has an association with lower prostate cancer risk.
Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death related to cancer in men, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.
The researchers from Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science in Japan published their findings in the journal The Prostate. They also presented it at the European Association of Urology congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The team analyzed the effects of coffee compounds including kahweol acetate and cafestol on prostate cancer in mice. These are hydrocarbons and naturally found in Arabica coffee.
The results found that both cafestol and kahweol acetate reduced the growth of the cancer cells in mice.
Study leader, Dr. Hiroaki Iwamoto stated, “What it does show is that these compounds appear to have an effect on drug-resistant cells prostate cancer cells in the right circumstances.”
Dr. Iwamoto and team planning to expand this finding in a larger sample and then in humans.
“These are promising findings, but they should not make people change their coffee consumption. Coffee can have both positive and negative effects,” Dr. Iwamoto notes.