A new study corroborates an earlier one on the positive effects of drinking coffee. A group of Italian researchers found that drinking three or more cups of coffee per day reduced the risk for cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx, compared to those drinking one or less. It appears that certain compounds in coffee, such as chlorogenic acids, cafestol, and kahweol, have been shown to reduce the genotoxicity of several carcinogens.

The authors also point out that coffee drinking is inversely related to liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, endometrial cancer, and colorectal cancer. If you don’t drink coffee, you may want to start.

By the way, coffee is also an excellent ergogenic aid. If you have a cup before you exercise, you free up fats from storage so that you can use them for energy, which is what everybody wants……

If you’ve had breast cancer, or know someone who has, listen up. Soy intake is linked to a lower recurrence of hormone-sensitive breast cancers, according to the results of a study published online October 18, in The Canadian Medical Journal.

In post-menopausal women, the recurrence rate of estrogen and progesterone-related cancers ranged from 12.9 % to 18.7 %. I know there’s been a lot of controversy with soy, but a lot of that has been directed toward genetically engineered soy.

There is preliminary evidence that vitamin B12 may help protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, according to a report published October 19, in the journal, Neurology. More research is needed, but B12 is safe to take daily, and also helps with energy production. Everyone over 55 should supplement with  1000mcg (1 mg)/day.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.