Posts Tagged ‘Health Coffee Study’

Coffee Helps Parkinson’s Symptoms

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

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Parkinson’s disease symptoms may be eased by drinking coffee, a new study found published in the August issue of Neurology.  It is just one of many recent studies tying coffee to health benefits.

 

Parkinson’s is a brain disease that causes tremors, and difficulty with movement and coordination.  It’s a degenerative disease and most commonly develops in adults over 50.  Its cause is unknown. 

 

This study tracked 61 people with Parkinson’s- some were given caffeine pills and some placebos.  The caffeinated group had about 200 milligrams twice per day, about 2-4 cups of coffee.  Six weeks later, those taking the caffeine had a 5 point improvement on the severity of their symptoms, compared to the placebo group.  While other studies have showed that those who drink coffee are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, this is the first that shows an improvement in symptoms tied to coffee.  Encouraging news!

Caffeinated Coffee Lowers Skin Cancer Risk

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

 

With summer in full swing, many of us are thinking about protecting our skin from the sun when we head outside.  Some more recent good news for coffee drinkers is that the more we drink, the more we may be protecting ourselves against skin cancer.

 

Cancer Research published a report that drinking more caffeinated coffee can lower the chances of developing basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of skin cancer.  This was determined by more than 112,000 people over 20 years.  It’s likely this protective benefit is linked to caffeine because tea, soda, and chocolate (all of which are caffeinated) seemed to lower the risk.  Why not bring an iced coffee next time you head to the beach? :)

No Link Between Coffee and Psoriasis

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Studies have linked drinking beer and smoking cigarettes to developing the skin ailment psoriasis.  Not so with coffee!  Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston looked at more than 82,000 participants over 14 years to determine there is no link between drinking coffee and developing psoriasis.

Initially it did appear caffeine might have played a role in the development of psoriasis; however, those who drank more coffee typically also drank more alcohol and smoked cigarettes. Over time it became apparent the link was to the alcohol and smoking, not coffee.

Psoriasis is caused by an abnormal immune system attack on one’s own body, causing red, scaly patches on the skin.  A group of Irani researchers also applied caffeine directly to the skin of volunteers with psoriasis and found an apparent benefit; however, that wasn’t investigated in this study.