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A Cuppa Joe For The Skin

posted on August 30, 2002

Java lotion may prevent skin cancer.

A Rutgers University study suggests that a skin lotion spiked with caffeine can reduce by more than half, the number of cancer tumors on the skin of hairless mice.

Following exposure of the mice to twice daily levels of ultraviolet radiation for 20 days, various cancer treatments were applied. The mice treated with caffeine had 72 percent fewer malignant tumors.

Unlike sunscreen lotions, which prevents the skin from absorbing the sun's ultraviolet rays … the caffeine's cancer protection works in the cells …causing abnormal cells to kill themselves.

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