Is Your Daily Coffee Keeping You Young and Healthy?

It Opens Your Eyes, But Does Caffeine Protect Your Body?

If you’re a coffee drinker or a person who pays attention to what’s in her beauty creams, then you’ve probably heard the latest squawk about caffeine.

How much of the hype is true, though, and does it work topically as well as it works orally?

We’re going to take a look at some recent studies and decide whether caffeine is something you should add to your anti-aging routine, and if so, how you should be getting it.

What’s the Caffeine Buzz?

According to beauty magnates and bloggers in the know, caffeine works for your face in two ways – it acts as an anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and discoloration, and it also improves or eliminates dark circles and bags around your eyes. Tea bags have long been used to get rid of the puffy-eyed look but now there’s research to back it up.

Now there’s new longitudinal research by some of the heaviest hitters in the world of medicine (Mayo Clinic, National Cancer Institute, and Rutgers just to name a few) that suggest that drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee or four per day can really have some amazing effects on your health.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Large, longitudinal studies are definitively linking coffee consumption with a significant decrease in your odds of developing BCC. Even moderate consumption, 3 cups per month, can decrease your relative odds by as much as 17%. Studies are also showing that topical application of caffeine may reduce your risk as well.

Alzheimer’s

A study conducted by the University of South Florida and the University of Miami is strongly suggesting that moderate consumption of caffeine (3 cups per day) is linked to delayed onset of Alzheimer’s and may possibly reduce your risk of developing it at all.

The study was conducted on 124 adults between the ages of 65 and 88, some of whom already had mild cognitive impairment which is thought to be a precursor to Alzheimer’s. Those who went on to develop dementia over thenext few years had 51% lower caffeine levels than those who did not.

This research is preliminary but promising.

Maintaining MuscleStrength

Studies have shown that caffeine works well as a performance enhancer for muscles in their prime by helping them to produce more force. Sports scientists at Coventry University researched weather or not caffeine had the same effect on aging muscles and discovered that, though muscles do become weaker as we age, caffeine does still have a positive effect on performance.

Because many serious injuries in the elderly population occur due to falls and accidents related to poor muscle control, these findings are encouraging.

Longer Life Span

Yep, in addition to decreasing your risk of cancer and increasing your odds of staying sharp and strong, caffeine may just make you live longer, too. A 14-year study conducted by the National Cancer Institute indicates that men who drink at least 6 cups per day reduce their risk of dying across all causes of death (accept perhaps getting hit by a bus) by 12%.

Women who down 4-5 cups of coffee per day are even less likely to die, improving their odds by 15%. Even women who only have one cup a day showed a 5% decreased rate of mortality.

These studies were across all forms of death including stroke, heart disease, respiratory disease, accidents, and diabetes. So I guess I’ll take back the bus comment from earlier – apparently you’re going to be awake enough to see it coming!

Caffeine in Your Skin Care Products

Because many of these studies are showing that caffeine is effective topically as well as when taken orally, let’s talk about that for just a minute. Especially considering the fact that many face creams now include caffeine as a standard anti-inflammatory ingredient, perhaps you should consider making sure that caffeine is an ingredient in your day cream.

In addition to the aesthetic and cancer-preventing benefits already discussed, caffeine has also been linked to apoptosis (death) in cancer cells, and it’s been shown to actually repair damage caused by the sun. Like many of the studies that we’re talking about, these are preliminary but since there doesn’t seem to be any real side effect to adding it as a cosmetic ingredient, it seems to be a case of “it can’t hurt, but it may certainly help.”

Though the caffeine in coffee is proving to have some amazing health benefits, the flavored creamers that are popular aren’t so good for you, so if you’re drinking lots of coffee, try to limit your use of fat- and sugar-laden additives. Otherwise, you’re trading good for bad!

If you’d like to try a moisturizer with caffeine in it, Vivite’s Daily Firming Lotion is a good choice.

If you have anything else that you’d like to add about the health benefits of caffeine, please tell us about it in the comments section below.

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