Coffee chemicals could curb prostate cancer

| March 18, 2019

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Following a series of experiments, researchers conclude that two compounds found in coffee might help slow the growth of prostate cancer cells. Although the findings are preliminary, they are encouraging. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks on the planet and is a complex cocktail. In fact, coffee can contain more than 1,000 nonvolatile chemical compounds and in excess of 1,500 volatile ones. The type and concentrations of these chemicals can vary wildly, depending on several factors, including how the makers prepare the beans.

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Article | June 3, 2021

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Article | June 3, 2021

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