I hardly believed this when I read the article on coffee actually being good for you. Having been on a variety of diets throughout my life, each and every one mention staying clear of coffee and other caffeine products. Now people are talking about coffee actually benefiting your health!
The idea is that coffee helps to eliminate the risk of every developing type 2 diabetes. Having 1 to 3 cups per day can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by single digits. Having 6 cups per day or more, has proven, according to a study, reduced men’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 54% and womens risk by 34%. Hard to believe.
Studies have also shown that:
- People who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinsons disease.
- People who drink 2 cups per day or more can reduce their risk of colon cancer by 25%
- People who drink at least 2 cups per day reduce their risk of liver cirrhosis by 80%
- People who drink at least 2 cups per day avoid getting gall stones by 50%
- People who smoke or are heavy drinkers lower their chance of heart disease and liver damage as compared to those that do not.
- Coffee drinkers may lower the risk of developing asthma
Coffee has shown to be able to lift your mood, get rid of a headache and prevent cavities (I guess that depends on how much sugar you take).
What effect does coffee on your skin?
Coffee and caffeine are finding their way into skin lotions and creams because of antioxidant properties and tightening and firming qualities. Caffeine applied to the skin operates in three ways – as an antioxidant, a diuretic and a vasoconstrictor.
For years, caffeine has been used in products sold to reduce cellulite. The caffeine supposedly dehydrates fat cells by somehow energizing them which in turn causes the sodium/potassium component of the cells to be eliminated, so the skin on buttocks and thighs becomes smoother.
Caffeine’s vaso-constricting characteristic also makes it a favorite ingredient in eye creams for reducing puffiness and dark circles as well as tightening skin around the eyes. This I have to say I have seen with my own eyes. I found a product that contains caffeine, and has reduced puffiness and dark circles under my eyes. The caffeine combined with a variety of other botanicals, minerals, and of course rich with vitamin C has made it very effective in taking care of this problem. Of course, nothing eliminates cellulite or troubled skin around the eyes completely. The best you can hope for is noticeable improvement, perhaps only for a few hours.
With the explosion in coffee based skin products, it now is seen in body scrubs, face creams and fragrances. A number of products even smell like coffee and contain ground coffee intended as an exfoliate. Some purveyors have even gone so far as to suggest that the absorption of caffeine through the skin will give you the sort of alertness you can expect from drinking coffee. I have a tough time swallowing that one! Coffee has a slower absorption rate then if you were to drink a cup of coffee. Drinking coffee actually puts it directly into your body, whereas the skin absorption rate is much slower and less effective
Being a latte drinker, my question is what about the stained teeth? It may prevent cavities but it increases staining. As far as having a headache, I know that if I do not have coffee one day I will get a headache, I tough it was caffeine withdrawal, so maybe thats why the headaches disappears? As for mood enhancer, isn’t that what caffeine does, gives you more energy. But when the caffeine wears off we need more coffee to get rid of the headache, and not feel lethargic anymore. I guess I would not mind having stained teeth if I can avoid parkinsons disease, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, gall stones or colon cancer!
What do you think?