Caffeine May Lower The Risk Of Common Skin Cancer

The caffeine in coffee as well as in tea, soda and chocolate may be responsible for lowering the risk of Basal Cell Carcinoma ( BCC ).

A twenty year study has shown an inverse relationship between coffee drinkers and those who develop BCC.

“These results really suggest that it is the caffeine in coffee that is responsible for the decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma associated with increasing coffee consumption,” Jiali Han, associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston as well as the study’s lead author, said in a press release. “This would be consistent with published mouse data, which indicate caffeine can block skin tumor formation. However, more studies in different population cohorts and additional mechanistic studies will be needed before we can say this definitively.”

Along with sunscreen, limiting sun exposure and regular check-ups, caffeine could be an enjoyable way to help prevent skin cancer.

Java Junkies Live Longer

Good news for coffee addicts who get conflicting news about their favorite beverage.

Coffee has more than 1,000 compounds and the effects of these compounds on human health have yet to be discovered.

Although it is not certain exactly why coffee benefits health there definitely seems to be some correlation.

Overall, in the U.S. about 64 percent of adults drink coffee daily, according to Joe DeRupo, spokesman for the National Coffee Association. At 3.2 cups a piece, that amounts to some 479 million cups a day, agency figures indicate.
Those coffee fans can take the new results seriously. The mortality reduction is modest but solid, said Freedman, whose study offered the size and power to document associations other researchers had only suspected.
He and his team in NIC’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics reviewed the coffee habits of more than 402,000 people followed between 1995 and 2008, including more than 52,000 who died.

Is Coffee An Effective Weight Loss Aid?

Coffee may offer more than just your morning jolt.

A recent study shows that coffee not only helps to reduce weight but also shows promise in reducing he risk of adult-onset diabetes.

Coffee, one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, contains a plethora of naturally-occurring compounds, including several classes of antioxidants. Coffee is already known to be a preventive factor against mild depression, Parkinson’s disease, and colon and rectal cancers. Now it appears that compounds in coffee also help to regulate blood glucose, reduce fat production, and enable steady weight loss.

The compounds responsible for the weight-controlling effects of coffee are antioxidants known collectively as the chlorogenic acids. These acids appear to slow the production of glucose in the body after a meal, by modifying the activity of certain enzymes in the liver. Additionally, the chlorogenic acids cause a more slow and sustained release of glucose into the body after eating, thereby reducing the production of new fat cells.

The takeaway is that black coffee, espresso, coffee with a small amount of milk, or a green coffee bean supplement all appear to support weight reduction and lower rates of diabetes.

In the studies cited, decaffeinated coffee and caffeinated coffee alike worked equally well.

Too Much of a Good Thing? Curb Caffeine Consumption for Better Health

Is there such a thing as too much coffee?

Say it isn’t so!

Some of us rely on coffee consumption to fuel our daily routine.

But is it possible to drink too much?

Scientists agree that “moderate” coffee consumption, defined as two to four brewed cups of a coffee a day, is not harmful in the long-term and likely will not produce any unwanted short-term side effects for a person who is not overly sensitive to the effects of caffeine.

Some research shows, however, that consuming more than four cups a day can raise the incidence of heart problems as well as increase the chances of calcium loss, which can lead to osteoporosis. This is in addition to the more familiar short-term consequences of caffeine overload: irritability, restlessness, nervousness and not blinking.

Women Stay Happy with Coffee

Drinking coffee can keep you happy, studies show; especially if you are a woman!

So, there are more reasons to enjoy and indulge in a wonderful pastime that relaxes and soothes.

The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine .

“We found that women with the highest coffee intake — those in the top 20% — had a 20% lower risk of developing depression,” says researcher Alberto Ascherio, MD, DrPH. “The top 20% drank about the equivalent of four cups of coffee per day.” Ascherio is professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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