ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – Many health organizations have condemned the stimulant caffeine, which found in coffee and other foods and beverages, citing various negative side effects.
While referencing information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the Partnership at Drugfree.org highlighted some of those negative effects while referring to it as “addictive.”
“Tolerance and dependence may develop after prolonged caffeine use,” the partnership’s website noted. “This reduces the chemical compound’s perceived stimulant effects.”
However, coffee could come with one large benefit – for breast cancer patients.
The findings of a new study indicate that drinking one or two cups of coffee per day could prevent breast cancer from returning.
Science Daily is reporting that Swedish researchers discovered a link between the consumption of two cups of coffee or more per day and a reduction in the rate at which the cancer reappeared in women who were also taking Tamoxifen.
A team at Lund University reportedly followed the cases of more than 600 breast cancer survivors over the course of five years. Of those women, about half were on Tamoxifen during the course of the study.
During the study, the team noticed an interesting interaction between the hormone therapy drug and coffee consumption in those who enjoyed the beverage.
“One theory we are working with is that coffee ‘activates’ Tamoxifen and makes it more efficient,” doctoral student of Oncology Maria Simonsson was quoted as saying by Science Daily.
In the past, scientists at Lund University have cited general cancer risk reduction as a benefit to drinking coffee, according to the website.