Here is some good news for coffee lovers. Apparently, your favorite cup can do you and your skin tons of good. If you are consuming cups of this wonderful drink every day, you are lowering your risk of cancerous melanoma.
This was proven by long-term research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-AARP. By looking into the answers to food frequency questionnaires of 450,000 people and comparing them to their health records, they found that 2,904 developed a malignant version of melanoma (a serious kind of skin cancer). Beyond that, 1,874 had abnormal skin cells that may lead to cancer (or melanoma in situ).
After considering other risk factors like smoking and drinking habits, family history, physical activity, and many more, they came up with an interesting finding. Those who drank more than 4 cups of coffee had a 20% less risk of developing malignant melanoma compared to those who do not drink coffee. Those who drank caffeinated coffee were found to be less likely to develop malignant melanoma.
According to the authors, drinking coffee does not reduce the risk of abnormal skin cells. Still, the compounds in coffee seem to stop the growth of cancer, specifically by suppressing the cells that become cancerous, reducing inflammation, DNA damage, and oxidative stress. It also absorbs sun rays and detoxifies carcinogens. So here is another reason to order that 4th cup of coffee!