According to a new study out of Europe, paper-filtered coffee — the most widely-used form in Europe and North America — may protect against oxidative DNA-damage. According to a study conducted by the researchers, DNA damage in coffee drinkers was 12 percent lower than in those drinking only water. According to the study’s authors:
Coffee is among the most frequently consumed beverages worldwide and epidemiological studies indicate that its consumption is inversely related to the incidence of diseases in which reactive oxygen species (ROS) are involved (liver cirrhosis, certain forms of cancer and neurodegenerative disorders). It has been postulated that antioxidant properties of coffee may account for this phenomenon.
This follows reports that green tea might also help reduce DNA damage. According to that study, which came out of Hong Kong, green tea might help decrease DNA damage by as much as 20 percent.