Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Coffee flavoured sunblock?

Well, well, well: the little coffee bean seems to be the super-star of all things that are good for you.

First it was reducing the risk of certain cancers: then it was helping with dementia and age related diseases, and now you can live out your fantasies, plaster it on your skin and thus reduce the risk of developing non melanotic skin cancers. That's on top of it previously known effect, that if actually swallowed and savoured, it also reduces the risk of skin cancers! The mind wonders to sitting on a palm-fronded beach, sipping on your favourite caffeinated beverage and then massaging the dregs on your skin, all in the joyful knowledge that you're actually doing your skin a double dose of good.

"Caffeine might become a weapon in prevention (of skin cancer) ......... and also acts as a sunscreen and directly absorbs damaging UV light," said Allan Conney, director of the Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research in the US.

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