Coffee Powder Prevents Skin Cancer

Posted by Diana Yusuf on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Coffee Powder Prevents Skin Cancer - One more research shows that coffee is a plant that has benefits for health. Recent research in the United States indicated that drinking coffee or even coffee powder rubbed on the skin may be a way to be protected from the risk of getting cancer.

Research conducted by Dr. Allan Conney of Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, showed that caffeine in coffee can help prevent the onset of non-melanoma skin cancer by helping to kill the damaged cells are likely to be a tumor.

The conclusion was drawn after an experiment using mice in the laboratory. These rodents were genetically engineered so that his lack of production of an enzyme called ATR. The researchers were able to prove, the mice can be protected from cancer even when exposed to ultraviolet light.

Numerous previous studies have indicated that drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee per day has the effect of enzymes suppress ATR and trigger death of cells damaged by UV exposure.

Conney and his team were able to confirm their hypothesis that coffee contains caffeine - either drunk or smeared on the skin - can inhibit the ATR. Further research is needed to see how the same theory may also apply to humans.

"We want to see if caffeine has an effect in humans when administered regularly," said Conney, who published his research in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Caffeine may be a weapon in the prevention of being able to inhibit the ATR and also acts as a sunscreen and directly absorbs UV rays that damage," he added

Type of non-skin cancer melanoma, including the type of basal cell and squamous cell, is a type of skin cancer most often found. This cancer is most curable if detected at an early stage.

Previous research suggests coffee drinkers tend to have lower risk of breast cancer, uterine, prostate and colon, but no beneficial effects seen in people who drank decaffeinated coffee.

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