For much of recent history, it was simply assumed that coffee was in one respect or another bad for our health. Exactly where these assumptions first stemmed from is really anyone’s guess, especially given the fact that coffee is on the whole hardly a contemporary commodity. Nevertheless, all manner of weird and wonderful scare stories left the world’s coffee communities asking serious questions as to whether or not they should even be drinking the stuff at all, despite there being no real evidence at all of any downsides.


Mercifully, common sense has once again crept back into the equation as of late and the world’s leading health groups are speaking out in defence of coffee as something that’s wholly harmless. Not only this, but the more studies that are carried out on the exact effects of coffee, the more evidence is mounting that it could in fact be nothing less than a life-saver.


The most recent instance concerns the way in which regular coffee consumption has once again showed a direct link with a lower chance of developing a deadly form of cancer. This time, researchers have suggested that drinking four or more cups of coffee each day could result in an adult woman lowering her chance of developing endometrial cancer by a full 18%. Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the uterus, leading to severe health and fertility problems along with a strong chance of early death.


For the purposes of the project, a full 84 nutrients and foods were looked at in order to establish which had any positive or negative effects on the woman’s respective endometrial cancer risk. Incredibly, coffee was one of only a select few that came out with positive results.


"For most other dietary factors, there was no consistent association with endometrial cancer risk," wrote the researchers.


"We were not surprised by the results that a high versus low intake of coffee was associated with a reduced risk for endometrial cancer, because they were consistent with what has been observed in previous studies."


What’s even more interesting is the way in which this particular study does not in fact suggest that it is the caffeine itself within the coffee that could lead to a lower risk of cancer development. While regular caffeine intake has been linked with an array of health benefits, this study included several other products which also contained caffeine alongside caffeinated coffee. As such, it either came down to another element within the coffee or combination thereof to produce the anti-cancer effects.


Of course, the researchers were adamant in pointing out that such evidence of a link does not in any way suggest that coffee is any kind of ‘silver bullet’ as a preventative measure for endometrial cancer or any other condition. However, it certainly adds to the pile more evidence that not only have historic scare stories with regard to the safety of coffee been hugely blown out of proportion – they may in fact of done little other than rob certain concerned coffee communities of all manner of health benefits.