Sure, we all joke about how necessary that morning cup of coffee is, but a new study suggests that for breast cancer survivors, it could actually be vital. According to a study from Lund University in Sweden, drinking two cups of coffee a day could stop breast cancer from recurring in recovering patients when combined with the anti-cancer drug tamoxifen. Scientists actually found that the short-term stimulating effect of the coffee enhances the drug.
And not just a little effect, either. Apparently patients in the study who took the pill along with two or more cups of coffee daily reported less than HALF the rate of cancer recurrence. Yes, you read that right. Less than half.
Whether you have a history of breast cancer in your family or not, this is the kind of thing that can give every woman hope.
It feels like every day there's some new study telling us what we should or shouldn't be eating to help our health. You know, crazy claims like eating eight cartons of strawberries on a Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. will help you avoid skin cancer (totally not true, of course). What's especially interesting about this particular study, though, is that the researchers from Lund University focused on the effect that coffee had on the medication, not the body.
Simply knowing that drinking a cup of coffee can make the meds more effective is fantastic. Whether or not it's 100 percent reliable research, there's no point NOT to drink up. After battling breast cancer, you deserve all of the help you can get on the road to recovery.
Does this study give you hope?
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