Late this morning, as my boyfriend served me an organic raw goat milk cheese omelet with colorful bell peppers and juicy heirloom tomatoes, he asked, “Have you heard of hepatocellular carcinoma?”
“Oh, what is that?” I queried. “I know I’ve read those very words recently.” I racked my brain and took a hearty bite of omelet. As I sipped the steaming cup of coffee, my boyfriend glanced up from his computer, his voice softening a bit.
“It’s the cancer your dad has.”
Right. I remembered it all too well—the day we found out my dad had not only one form of liver cancer, but two, which made his diagnosis achingly rare.
And, as I write this, my dad seems to be growing weaker by the day.
Cancer affects far too many of us these days. My dad’s brother passed away a few years ago from rectal cancer, while my step-dad fought a grueling battle with stage-4 throat cancer, from which (thank god) he has fully recovered. Last night, I spent the evening with my dear friend, who lost her Argentine father to lung cancer just a few years back. We all know someone who’s suffered from this fatal disease.
Which is why I wanted to share this finding. It touches upon the possibility that liver cancer might be prevented by regular consumption of one of Mother Nature’s most beloved fruits.
Coffee Fights Liver Cancer
Chinese researchers from the Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery at the Fuzong Clinical College of Fuzong Medical University in Fuzhou,
People’s Republic of China, conducted a meta-analysis of eleven different epidemiological studies regarding coffee consumption and the prevention of liver cancer.
What they found was this:
Caffeine from coffee has a profound antioxidant effect on liver cancer cells. It also helps reduce the proliferation of these cells. What’s more, certain compounds in coffee are capable of decreasing the genotoxicity of aflatoxin B1 in vitro. Aflatoxin B1 is one of the most potent carcinogens on the planet, and it’s known to be a culprit in liver cancer. The meta-analysis also displayed a link between coffee consumption and liver cirrhosis prevention.
This meta-analysis shows we can all benefit from that pleasurable cup of morning Joe. When we do, however, it’s essential that our coffee comes from organic farms, where beans remain free of chemicals, because any type of toxin puts us at risk for any type of cancer.
That said, drink up. Enjoy.
And always make your morning cup of coffee organic and fair-trade.
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