A Coffee Run Could Help Prevent Melanoma - Coffee & Preventing Cancer

By Timothy S. Collins

Researchers in the United States, at Rutgers University and the University of Washington in Seattle, among several other research centers and organizations, have concluded that caffeine, if added to sunscreen, can help in protecting against the most common form of skin cancer.

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in humans. There are over one million new cases of this cancer occurring every year just in the United States and about 2,000 deaths. Non-melanoma skin cancer rarely metastasizes or rarely leads to a lethal outcome. Catching it at an early stage is very important. By contrast, malignant melanoma is less common but it is one of the deadliest cancers.

Probably the primary factor for suffering from skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet light. The UV rays damage the DNA of skin cells which then mutate or transform into cancerous cells. Unfortunately, every spring and summer, when people spend much time outside exposed to the sun, most do not take the necessary skin protection protection and put themselves at risk for skin cancer. Also, skin cancer is usually the result of a lifetime of exposure with consequences showing up at a later time.

Coffee or tea drinkers who consume coffee or tea on a regular basis tend to have lower incidences of non-melanoma skin cancers than people who do not consume these beverages. The risk of developing skin cancer appears to be closely associated with the amount of caffeinated coffee consumed. The risk decreases more as the consumption of caffeine increases. This does not mean, however, that people should increase their intake of caffeine uncontrollably in the hope of warding off the possibility of skin cancer. The reality is that it takes years of regular caffeine consumption for the benefits to take place and caffeine is a partial contributor for the prevention of skin cancer.

Caffeine acts as a sunscreen and can prevent skin cancer. Topical applications of caffeine preparations to target skin cells at risk will one day be available but this will take time before mass marketing is available.

Until such new "caffeine sunscreen products" become available, the best advice is a combination of caffeine consumption, exercise, plenty of regular sleep and good nutrition with many antioxidants. This is an effective way to kill off pre-cancerous cells whose DNA has been damaged by UV light.

What else can you to reduce the risk of skin cancer?

  • Use of sunscreen, antioxidant rich diet, healthy fats, plenty of regular sleep and regular caffeine consumption.
  • Wear adequate sun protection when exposed to the sun.
  • Beta-carotene from vegetables, vitamin E, zinc and antioxidants in general offer some degree of skin protection.
  • A very important antioxidant to help prevent melanoma or to take after melanoma is diagnosed is CoQ10.
  • Fat in the diet also plays a role in the development of melanoma.
  • Essential fatty acids are very important because the body cannot manufacture them:they must be obtained through the diet. This includes fats labeled as Omega 3 fatty acids and Omega 6 fatty acids.
  • Omega 3s come from fish, flax and nuts and are considered healthy fats.
  • What happens is that the body, including the skin, needs healthy fats.It will use whatever fat it is fed: unhealthy fats, such as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils or healthy fats such as coconut oil.The difference is that the skin will be healthier when fed with healthy fats.
  • Last, but not least, low levels of melatonin can also cause melanoma. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the brain which helps prepare the body for a deep sleep. Melatonin is produced in relation to the sunrise and sunset.
  • International frequent travelers have higher rates of melanoma. This is the result of crossing many time zones which affects the night/day rhythms.

Coffee is the major single source of dietary antioxidants, far more than wine, chocolate, tea, and individual fruits and vegetables. Green coffee beans contain about 1,000 antioxidants and the brewing process adds about 300 more. The roasting process creates an additional set of healthful compounds, such as antioxidants, which are unique to coffee alone.

Living a healthy, active life that includes exercise, good nutrition, regular deep sleep and a regular intake of coffee sounds like a winning combination, doesn't it?

Let's celebrate by enjoying a cup of exquisite Celebes Kalossi Toraja!

Timothy S. Collins
Article by Timothy S. Collins
Timothy ("Tim") S. Collins, the author, is called by those who know him "The Gourmet Coffee Guy." He is an expert in article writing who has done extensive research online and offline in his area of expertise, coffee marketing, as well as in other areas of personal and professional interest. Come visit the author's website: www.ourgourmetcoffee.com.

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