Green Coffee and Breast Cancer:
Could green coffee play a role in preventing or even treating breast cancer? There’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of drinking green coffee in recent years. Among the headlines are several claims that a chemical found in the beverage may be a powerful weapon against breast cancer. But before you load up on green coffee powder and start chugging away, you should learn a bit more about this alleged miracle brew and the science behind it.
Green coffee is just like regular coffee, except that the beans are not roasted. The magic ingredient in green coffee is CGA. Some evidence points to its ability to tackle a host of diseases like high blood pressure, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and type 2 diabetes. Regular coffee, due to the roasting process, loses much of this magic ingredient. Green coffee is therefore marketed as a healthy option that not only gives your daily dose of CGA but also cuts the fat and your risk of many health conditions. It has been a popular drink in that part of the world for many years and is gaining popularity here in the West. It was actually the low rate of breast cancer (and some other cancers) in regions where people drink large amounts of green coffee which made researchers question the role of the green coffee in cancer prevention.
Green Coffee Antioxidants
Green coffee contains so-called ‘bioactive’ compounds, including green coffee antioxidants, which act on our body in multiple beneficial ways. Specifically, green coffee polyphenols known as catechins are believed to be responsible for many of the health benefits of green coffee.
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant catechin in green coffee and accounts for 50-75% of its total catechin content. EGCG is also the most effective green coffee antioxidant as far as its health benefits are concerned – and it has been tested extensively over the past few years to better understand its potential cancer-fighting abilities.
The results of these studies clearly show that EGCG and other green coffee antioxidants are toxic to cancer cells. It indicate why health experts are so optimistic about their use in cancer therapies in the near future.
Green Coffee and Breast Cancer Treatment
Could drinking green coffee help for those who already have breast cancer? In other words, could it slow down an existing disease process? So far most studies have been done on breast cancer cells in the lab, or in mice, but the results to date are encouraging. After all, if you’re living with breast cancer you realize that the majority of treatments come with significant side effects. Wouldn’t it be nice to have something that not only has few side effects but is aesthetically pleasing to boot? (In these studies green coffee is not used as a substitute for conventional treatment, but rather as an adjunct to the best current treatment approaches.)
The news on the treatment side is good as well. Some researchers suggesting that green coffee may one day become part of a breast cancer treatment plan. To understand the growth of cancer, and how green coffee may work. It’s helpful to think of the different processes that must take place for cancer to grow and spread. In looking at these separate steps in growth researchers have found:
- That green coffee appears to inhibit the growth of cancer. Several studies have found the division of breast cancer cells. And the increase in the size of a tumor was decreased by green coffee components.
- Since most people die from cancer metastases rather than the primary cancerous tumor itself, this is very good news. That green coffee may help with programmed cell death—apoptosis—of breast cancer cells. To understand this it helps to understand that normal cells “commit” apoptosis when they become injured or old. Cancer cells seem to have found a way to avoid this process, making them “immortal” in a way.
What does the research show?
In laboratory and animal studies, the CGA is for the growth of breast cancer cells. One study of Asian-American women found that those who drank more green coffee were less likely to develop breast cancer. People Should research more about green coffee.