According to The National Coffee Association (yes, it's totally a real thing), over 50% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day. This represents over 150 million daily drinkers. 30 million American adults drink specialty coffee beverages daily; which include mochas, lattes, espresso, cappuccinos, as well as frozen and iced coffee drinks.
Although you might assume that Seattle holds the record for most coffee shops per capita, it's actually San Francisco that holds the title, coming in at about 1,070 coffee shops per capita. Seattle, however, does have the most Starbucks Cafe's coming in at 142 shops versus 82 respectively.
Ok, so everyone's drinking it.. (quite a lot of it).. but other than providing caffeinated motivation, what else does this drink do for us? And more importantly... our skin.
"Caffeine is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coffee. But coffee also contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease,” says Diane Vizthum, M.S., R.D., research nutritionist for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
reduce eye puffiness
Caffeine naturally dilates the blood vessels, which allows for blood to flow more easily, while simultaneously stimulating blood flow. Drinking coffee daily can assist in skin tightening and the reduction of fluid retention in the under eye area.
process glucose more efficiently
Because coffee is packed with chlorogenic acids, it lowers blood glucose concentrations. Studies have found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes. How does this help the skin? Inflammation in your body can lead to immune responses that cause your skin to be red, itchy and dry.
healthier liver enzymes
Both regular and decaf coffee seem to have a protective effect on your liver. Research shows that coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don’t drink coffee.
decreases breaks in your DNA
Dark roast coffee decreases breakage in DNA strands, this occurs naturally in the body but can lead to the development of cancers or tumors if not repaired by your cells. Decreasing breakages in DNA decreases the chance of developing cancers and tumors.
high levels of antioxidants
Coffee contains antioxidants, such as polyphenols. These may help to protect against ultraviolet (UV) rays and some signs of aging linked to sun exposure.
Authors of a study from 2015 concluded that participants with the highest consumption of polyphenols, from coffee or other sources, had fewer UV age spots on their faces.
Drinking coffee or applying it to the skin are simple ways to deliver these antioxidants to the body.
reduces acne when used as a facial scrub
The antioxidants, stimulants, and chlorogenic acids in coffee may make it an effective acne-fighting facial scrub.
Acne occurs when oil, dead skin cells, and other substances clog pores, which can become infected by bacteria, resulting in inflammation.
Scrubbing the face with coffee grounds can help to clear away dead skin cells and unclog the pores while the chlorogenic acids reduce inflammation and protect against some strains of bacteria.
How do you take your coffee?
see you next time!