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Coffee Beans Beginning’s

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Coffee berries most likely were discovered in Ethiopia around 500BC where it is thought that monks soaked them in water and drank the mixture. From there they migrated to the Middle East and began to be cultivated in Yemen. When they arrived in Turkey coffee beans were roasted for the first time.

Coffee as we know it was taken by traders from Turkey and the Middle East into Europe and across to the America’s.

Coffee has grown to be one of the most popular drinks today and is consumed and enjoyed in a variety of ways. The taste and aroma are beloved by enthusiasts around the globe, whilst others use it just for the caffeine content.

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Medical Research on Coffee

Numerous studies have been done on the coffee bean and some have yielded surprising results. The majority of research has focussed on the chemical caffeine. Coffee contains a number of other chemical compounds that may in fact be the cause of the health benefits associated with drinking coffee rather than everything being linked to caffeine.

Coffee devotees have touted its positive findings. These include its role in reducing diabetes, some forms of cancer, the chance of a stroke, and cirrhosis of the liver. It has also been applauded for its role in keeping hearts healthy as well as the host of antioxidants that it contains.

However, don’t be too quick to insist coffee is a miracle health drink. Negative consequences have also been associated with the beverage. These include raising blood pressure, caffeine addiction, potential nerve damage, sleeplessness, headaches and dehydrating diuretic effects.

For  more specifics on medical research done on coffee, see this article.

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What is considered moderate consumption levels?

Health professionals are united that the main factor determining whether coffee has positive or negative affects is the quantity in which it is drunk daily.

Balance is the key to optimizing health benefits while minimizing potential risks of excess.

Coffee use is generally categorized into the following:

  • Light Consumption: 1-2 cups a day
  • Moderate Consumption: 2-3 cups a day
  • Heavy Consumption: 4-6 cups a day

Each cup of coffee contains around 100mg of caffeine.* It is currently considered that 300-400mg of caffeine can be ingested safely per day. This applies to healthy adults; age and health conditions change this recommendation to a lower amount. [http://www.caffeineinformer.com/caffeine-safe-limits]

Some popular coffee chains have drawn criticism for highly elevated amounts of caffeine content per cup. Be aware of this if you have a favourite cafe you frequent.

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More than a Drink: Coffee & Skincare

Coffee has been increasingly incorporated into beauty and skincare products. Scrubs which incorporate rough coffee grounds can be used as a natural exfoliate.  Soaps, crèmes, and even shower-gels have begun putting coffee or caffeine derived from coffee into their ingredient list. Manufacturers are mostly doing this in hope that the anti-inflammation properties will transfer to common beauty problems such as puffy eyes.

This inclusion of caffeine is largely unregulated and has yet to be extensively studied. Still more research is needed to ensure safe limits & identify possible negatives such as increased sensitivity to light regarding pigmentation. As caffeine can be absorbed through the skin, care in usage should be practiced.

For a partial list of products containing coffee or caffeine see this helpful resource.

Some promising discoveries such as this study demonstrating that the topical application of caffeine may reduce sun damage on skin, something definitely worth getting excited about.

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Potentially Negative Effects of Coffee on Your Skin

A question of quantity

A habit of excessive coffee drinking can cause negative effects on skin health.

Dehydration due to the diuretic effects of coffee can lead to increased inflammation and extra toxins which your body is unable to properly flush. Together these can contribute to acne and lacklustre skin tone, a loss of elasticity and uneven skin texture.

Side effects of too much coffee such as sleeplessness are also bound to manifest in unwanted ways on your skin.

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How do you drink yours?

How you take your coffee may also influence your skin. Dairy is generally thought to detract from healthy skin as it can contain unwanted hormones, has been linked to acne, and can trouble digestion for some.

Overindulgence in sweeteners in your brew, won’t do skin any favours either. Sugars detrimental role in skin health has been well documented. Too much sugar can add unwanted years to your visible age.

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Reducing your Visible Age

Are you are worried that your skin is suffering from excessive coffee consumption?  Dr Mescht specializes in providing non-surgical procedures to rejuvenate your skin and decrease the appearance of visible aging. These include HA filler, laser treatment, and micro-needling among others.

Connect with Dr Martina van der Mescht, 011 954 0070.

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