Can you complete that sentence? I tried and these are the phrases that I came up with:
…gives you hyperacidity.
…keeps you awake.
…makes you happy.
…stains your teeth.
…keeps you going.
Lame, isn’t it? All of those statements are true for me, though, and are probably true for some of you as well. But, did you know that coffee just might have the ability to kill cancer cells?
In the February 26 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, findings that caffeine might have the ability to kill skin cells that have been damaged by UV rays were disclosed. Live Science reports:
Several studies have shown that people who regularly drink coffee or tea seem to have lower incidences of nonmelanoma skin cancers. One recent study of more than 90,000 Caucasian women found that with each additional cup of caffeinated coffee consumed, there was an associated 5 percent decreased risk of developing one of these skin cancers (decaf coffee had no effect).
More than this, other studies have had similar results:
Caffeine also seemed, in another study, to have a protective effect on mice that had been exposed to UV light, whether they ingested it or it was applied to their skin.
While we do not know if this caffeine will actually prevent cancer, this sort of finding is quite encouraging for us regular coffee, drinkers, right? Perhaps, in the future, we will find out that all these years of enjoying a cup (or two, or even three) of joe every day has benefited us more than we ever thought it would!