Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Your Prostate...Ground Zero

Your prostate is ground zero for all things bodybuilding; without a healthy prostate, you won’t build an ounce of new muscle. New research sheds light on a common pre-workout drink (coffee) and your prostate health, and the findings are interesting for bodybuilders.

A study presented at a conference held by the American Association for Cancer Research looked at the coffee intake of 50,000 men over 20 years and also measured their prostate health. The researchers found that coffee affected insulin function, glucose metabolism and sex hormone levels. They also determined that coffee’s effects were dose-dependent; that is, men who consumed the most coffee had a 60 percent lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer than men who drank no coffee. However, they noted that it wasn’t caffeine that was responsible for the effects. It was the antioxidants and minerals in coffee itself that provided the benefit.

So here’s your FUSION FACTOID: While it’s not clear that drinking coffee prevents prostate cancer, there’s a strong inverse correlation between the two, and that’s good enough for us! So next time you’re about to hit the gym, skip the energy drink and do your prostate and your energy levels a favor – down a cup of coffee instead!


Wilson KM, Kasperzyk JL, Stark JR et al. Coffee consumption and risk of lethal and advanced prostate cancer. Cancer Prev Res. 2010;3(1 Suppl):A106. Presented at AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research. Dec 6-9, 2009; Houston, TX

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