Coffee, Improve Skin, Reduce Skin Cancer Risk-

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Consumption of coffee and total polyphenols from all sources and from coffee showed a statistically significant correlation towards a decrease in pigmented spot scores (skin cancer)

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer annually…by far. If you’re a coffee drinker you already love your coffee, love the smell of coffee and need your cup o’ joe every morning. No surprise there. But did you know that your daily caffine-fix makes your skin look better while reducing your risk of non-melanoma skin cancer?

Sound too good to be true?

I am a long-term survivor of a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. I research and write about all things cancer. I live an anti-cancer life. I coach newly diagnosed cancer patients. Have you ever heard a cancer survivor say that he/she does NOT want to be defined by his/her cancer? I am the opposite. I want to be defined by my cancer.

About five years ago, while researching anti-cancer studies for PeopleBeatingCancer, I began coming across research about the health benefits of coffee. In a nutshell, coffee is a great source of polyphenols– think fruits, veggies, berries, etc. When I was first diagnosed in 1995, coffee was considered unhealthy. I gave up my morning coffee for a couple of years. Turns out, I didn’t need to.

The studies linked and excerpted below explain that coffee (the polyphenols IN coffee) protect your skin from wrinkles as well as reduces your risk of skin cancer. There are specific nutritional supplements that have also been shown to have anti-aging benefits while they reduce your risk of skin cancer.

I like a strong cup of coffee. Caffine makes me sharper and gets me going in the morning. Death Wish coffee is the strongest coffee in the world, organic and is fair trade. Good stuff.

Who knew that coffee was a wonder drug?

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Skin photoprotection and consumption of coffee and polyphenols in healthy middle‐aged Japanese females

“Background- Reactive oxygen species are known to mediate skin photoaging, which results in the formation of pigmented spots and wrinkles. Coffee is the largest source of polyphenols, which supplies a large number of antioxidants in one’s daily life. However, little is known about how much coffee and polyphenol consumption influences skin health. In this study, a cross‐sectional survey of the diet, environmental factors, and skin conditions was conducted in healthy Japanese females to explore the influence of coffee and polyphenol consumption on skin conditions…

Results- Consumption of coffee and total polyphenols from all sources and from coffee showed a statistically significant correlation towards a decrease in pigmented spot scores (< 0.05). Subjects with high total polyphenol consumption from coffee or chlorogenic acids (the third tertile group) showed the lowest score of ultraviolet pigmented spots (< 0.05).

Conclusion-Coffee and polyphenol consumption was associated with low facial pigmented spots in Japanese middle‐aged females. We speculated that coffee helps protect human skin from photoaging, and polyphenols, including chlorogenic acids, may contribute to the decreased hyperpigmentation of pigmented spots.

Coffee consumption and risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer: a dose-response meta-analysis.

“The summary relative risks for nonmelanoma skin cancer were 0.96 [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.92-0.99] for one cup of coffee, 0.92 (95% CI: 0.88-0.97) for one to two cups of coffee, 0.89 (95% CI: 0.86-0.93) for two to three cups of coffee, and 0.81 (95% CI: 0.77-0.85) for more than three cups of coffee per day, respectively. This meta-analysis suggested that caffeinated coffee might have chemopreventive effects against basal cell carcinoma dose dependently. However, other prospective studies are warranted to confirm these effects.

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