“Coffee also inhibits active oxygen, a cause of aging and cancer,” says Prof. Nguyen van Chuyen of the Department of Food and Nutrition at Japan Women’s University. Prof. Nguyen claims that coffee possesses more than simply the stimulant effect proven by Kyorin University’s research.
Prof. Nguyen says he became dubious of the claims that drinking coffee causes cancer as long as fourteen years ago and began doing his own research. He conducted experiments from all possible perspectives and found that while coffee did indeed contain substances which cause cancer, it had other positive effects that canceled them out. Prof. Nguyen published his findings in “The Mechanisms of Coffee.”
His experiments proved that components in coffee inhibit the mutation of cells caused by cancer-causing compounds such as heterocyclic amine (HCA) and nitrosamine found in foods. Since sudden mutations of cells can trigger cancer, this implies that coffee is an effective cancer inhibitor.
HCA is found in the charred portions of fish and meats, while nitrosamine is a substance formed by the reaction of nitrous acid and secondary amines. Nitrous acid is found in some very familiar foods such as tsukemono (Japanese pickled vegetables), while secondary amines are a component of meats and ham.
Roast coffee breaks down these substances that can cause cancer.
At Gifu University, Prof. Mori of the Faculty of Medicine conducted similar experiments of his own and reported on the benefits of coffee.
Prof. Mori directed his attention to a component of coffee known as chlorogenic acid. Prof. Mori claims he was able to attain a zero incidence of cancer when he injected a carcinogen known to produce cancer of the large intestine together with chlorogenic acid found in coffee into the bodies of lab mice.
Coffee has also been shown to be a major inhibiting factor in liver cancers caused by nitrosamine. Studies on cancer of the mouth similarly proved that administering coffee can inhibit the onset of cancer. To be continued.
(Translated by Roy Mashima)
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