Caffeine and exercise may help prevent skin damage

A new study released by the National Institutes of Health claims that the combination of caffeine and exercise may help protect against skin cancer and other forms of sun damage.

Researchers performed the study on mice who were at a high genetic risk for developing skin cancer. The mice ingested a small dose of caffeine and were then given the opportunity to use a running wheel. Mice that followed the treatment experienced a 62 percent reduction in skin tumors. There were beneficial effects of caffeine and exercise found in mice even when not used in combination, however the results were far less substantial.

"I believe we may extrapolate these findings to humans and anticipate that we would benefit from these combination treatments as well," said Yao-Ping Lu, Ph.D., director of skin cancer prevention at the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

The Mayo Clinic adds that a healthy and nutritious diet rich in antioxidants may be an important part of skin care. Antioxidants protect your skin against the effects of free radicals, molecules that may damage the skin and are thought to play a role in heart disease and other maladies. 

When combined with caffeine and exercise, a daily natural anti-aging herbal supplement may also contribute to keeping your skin youthful and healthy.

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