Friday, 9 September 2011

coffee as sunscreen?



A recent Toronto Star article reported on a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It confirms previous evidence that caffeine helps prevent some skin cancers.

We all know by now that there is plenty of evidence that sunshine and vitamin D are very important to our health. (See the May 2010 blog post) But skin cancer remains a concern so treating the sun with respect is also important.  But now it seems, that a cup of coffee prior to getting your sun exposure might be a key part too!

Other research has also linked coffee consumption to lowering the risk of colorectal and liver cancers, asthma, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

It's all about controlled dosage.  Some sun is good for you, but too much is bad.  And so is too much caffeine or too much alcohol.  In all things, moderation!!