Caffeine Plus Exercise Protects Against Skin Cancer

Good news for gym goers and coffee drinkers: An unexpected combination of habits-consuming caffeine and exercising-has been shown to actually help stave off the development of skin cancer, according to a Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in Piscataway, NJ, study.

When testing mice that were at high risk for developing sunlight-caused skin cancer, the researchers found that mice who had a combination of caffeine intake and exercise, had 62 percent fewer skin cancer tumors. The size of the tumors were also 85 percent smaller than mice that did not have either.

The even better news is that the mice lost fat after just two weeks of caffeine consumption and exercise, even when being fed a high-fat diet. Plus, inflammation dropped by 92 percent when incorporating both.

When consuming caffeine or exercising alone, the mice saw improvements overall, just not as profoundly as they did when incorporating both. The researchers said humans would likely react in the same way, but have yet to test the theory. These results were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Chicago.

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