Health Benefits

Can Coffee Fight Skin Cancer?

A new study in 2002 shows that adding caffeine to the skin in laboratory mice can kill cancer cells at a rate of 70+%. Officials from the American Academy of Dermatology want to follow up with studies on pre-cancerous lesions and post-operative skin cancer. Caffeine is supposed to have a biological effect that selects cancerous tumors and not normal cells. The caffeine causes the cancerous cells to commit suicide leaving behind a less-cancerous skin. A treatment might be created in the future that acts like a morning-after treatment for heavy sun exposure. The only downside to this study is that there might not be a good correlation from mice to humans.

CBS News article describing the influence of coffee to skin cancer tumors.

Article on discussing the health benefits of coffee on the skin.

Research Showing Coffee Could Help Prevent Liver Cancer

It was shown in February of 2005, that Japanese researchers in Japan had done a statistical research study based on Japanese Department of health records and statistics. In this study, the researchers conducted a study which contained data from approximately 90,000 participants. This large study did find some startling numbers, mainly that a common liver cancer was reduced by around 50% in those people who drank coffee. The study did not differentiate between decaf drinkers or caffeinated drinkers, but noted that most Japanese coffee drinkers do not drink decaf.

Further studies were conducted to see if there was a statistically significant relationship between coffee drinking and lower cases liver cancer in people with Hepatitis C infection. The findings found that there was no statistically significant finding that showed drinking coffee was helpful to prevent liver cancer in people infected with Hepatitis C. Therefore further studies are suggested, and will be carried out to find out how drinking coffee lowers liver cancer.

Article explaining findings by Japanese researches that shows drinking coffee prevents liver cancer.

Findings describing the relationship of coffee drinking to lower liver cancer with people that have Hepatitis C.

Coffee is #1 Source of Antioxidants

At the American Chemical Society meeting this year, the finding that coffee contains an overwhelming large amount of Hydroxide (OH) neutralizing properties. This finding comes at an opportune time as more and more people are reaching out for a good cup of joe, and that cup could be a very significant source of healthy antioxidants. Coffee was studied side-by-side next to high antioxidant food such as milk and cranberries. Researches say that although vegetables are good sources of vitamins and fiber, coffee out-ranks these food in antioxidant values. Although coffee can cause upset stomach and jitters, two cups of coffee per day is recommended as a good source of Antioxidants. Kona Coffee however, seems to have less of these undesirable effects due to its mild character. It is also said that a person looking to consume a lot of antioxidants should diversify and eat vegetables to diversify. article on coffee and antioxidants.

National Geographic article on coffee and antioxidants.

Coffee Creates Mental Alertness

The United States Military completed testing that shows soldiers who are sleep deprived because of overnight missions can benefit from caffeine gum. It has been measured that around 100 mg of caffeine is in every 6 oz cup of coffee, and each piece of gum has just that amount to mimic drinking coffee. Sometimes a soldier is on a mission that removes the chance that a he could make a cup of coffee, so caffeine in a stick of gum seems to be quite the hot ticket. Could you imagine brewing a cup of coffee on the battlefield? However, a stick of gum could easily be popped in the mouth and chewed.

Stay Alert gum was tested as safe because soldiers who were given the gum not only stayed awake through the night, but they were also able to fall asleep just as fast as if they had not taken the gum. There were no adverse effects because one used the Stay Alert gum.

All in all, caffeine was found by the U.S. military to increase alertness and increase marksmanship on the battlefield and off the battlefield.

In studies investigating the causes of drivers dozing off while at the wheel, it was suggested that coffee be consumed to prevent one from prematurely dozing off. The U.S. military found coffee to be an effective solution to the need for sleep when one needs to be wide awake, civilian research shows coffee could be one of many solutions to driving. However, it is suggested that one only drive for an additional 2 hours after drinking coffee.

Using caffeine as an alertness aid, was found to work for about 12 hours, but after that time, it was found that a soldier should sleep. Accompanied with the caffeine dose, a 2 hour nap at 1:00 pm (13:00 hours) can help one stay up through the night on a night shift. Also, a second dose of 200 mg caffeine (2 cups of coffee) can help one stay awake through the following day.

Caffeine (coffee) remains to be an effective pharmacological agent to increase alertness and maintain periods of normal sleep and also during the day.

Couple the beneficial effects of caffeine with the good taste of Kona Coffee, and you might actually enjoy staying up through the night on the night shift!

U.S. Military article on Caffeine and Mental Alertness

Article that shows caffeine is a way to create mental alertness while driving

Detailed analysis of the effects of caffeine on mental alertness