The benefits of caffeine in coffee for skin cancer

Released on 2012-04-24 by Emily

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer worldwide. According to the researches carried out for discovering the effect of caffeine on skin cancer, it has been observed that people who have the habit of taking coffee are less prone to skin cancer. The human body absorbs caffeine quickly that gets transformed into the brain. It acts as a stimulant on the nervous systems to produce dopamine and adrenaline.

These chemicals send alerts to the other body parts. Caffeine also causes the cardiovascular system to beat faster and pump out more blood through the muscles and vessels. The effects of caffeine are at peak in the first hour after taking coffee or eatables containing caffeine and remain in the human body for about six hours. The risk of a few of health conditions such as Parkinsonís disease, diabetes and various types of cancers can be reduced with caffeine.

Studies pertaining to caffeine and skin cancer
A study carried out at Rutgers University revealed a possible link between skin cancer prevention with caffeine and exercise. In this research, mice were divided into three groups; one group was kept on exercise; second on caffeine and third on the combination of both caffeine intake and exercise for about two weeks.

They were exposed to UVB radiation generating lamps which destroyed DNA in the skin cells of mice. The study was intended to get the evidence of death by apoptosis, which is a programmed cell, in cancerous cells due to radiation. The mice that were put on caffeine showed 95% increase in apoptosis, the combination of exercise and caffeine showed 400% increase whereas exercise group showed 120% increase.

Treatment of skin cancer with caffeine
A study carried out in the year 2002 about treatment of mice having skin tumors due to UVB radiation along with the topical application of caffeine. The schedule for treatment was once a day, 5 days a week and lasted for 18 days. It reduced the number of malignant and non-malignant skin tumors in mice by 44%.

Other effects
Caffeine is also used in various skin care products such as cleaners and creams due to its antioxidant properties. It reduces inflammation and tightens up the loose skin. If the cream containing caffeine is used for a long time, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Dark circles and redness can also be reduced with caffeine.

Side effects
Despite of all beneficial effects of caffeine on the human skin, it is imperative to get familiar with its side-effects. It can cause insomnia, headaches, jitters and heart palpitations.

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