Scientists and researchers have found elements in coffee that may prevent the growth of prostate cancer. Coffee is a complex mixture of compounds which has been shown to influence human health in both positive and negative ways. There is increasing evidence that drinking certain types of coffee is associated with a reduction in the incidence of some cancers, including prostate cancers.
Researchers from Kanazawa University in Japan studied the effects of two compounds found in coffee, kahweol acetate, and cafestol, on prostate cancer cells and in animals, where they were able to inhibit growth in cells which are resistant to common anti-cancer drugs such as Cabazitaxel. Kahweol acetate and cafestol are hydrocarbons, naturally found in Arabica coffee.
The coffee-making process has been found to affect whether these compounds remain in coffee after brewing, or whether they are filtered. These are promising findings, but it should not make people change their coffee consumption. However, if these results can be confirmed there may have a cure for prostate cancer.