We’ve recently posted about a study saying that coffee can help prevent diabetes. Now, there’s one more good reason to love your favorite brew: Huffington Post reports that coffee decreases the risk of dying from oral cancer.

Originally published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the study features data from 968,432 people who have participated in the Cancer Prevention Study II and who were monitored for 26 years. Although all the volunteers started out cancer-free, 868 people died from oral or pharyngeal cancer by the end of the investigation.

Based on available information, researchers found a link showing that those who drank more than four cups of caffeinated coffee a day decreased their chances of developing oral or pharyngeal cancer by 49 percent as compared to those who didn’t drink coffee at all. Those who drank decaffeinated coffee also seemed to reap its anti-cancer benefits, although with lesser percentage than those who had caffeine.

Researcher Janet Hildebrand, MPH, explains their results, "Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and contains a variety of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other biologically active compounds that may help to protect against development or progression of cancers… Our finding strengthens the evidence of a possible protective effect of caffeinated coffee in the etiology and/or progression of cancers of the mouth and pharynx."

Hildebrand’s team also explains that you don’t really have to down four cups of java just to ward off the Big C, as each cup gradually lessens the risk.

Coffee has a long list of benefits backing it up, and as long as you drink it in moderation, you’re sure to get the advantages of its antioxidative properties. So go ahead and have your café au lait. After all, it’s good for you.

(Photo by davidd via Flickr Creative Commons)

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