Recent studies suggest that caffeine may be far more powerful than previously thought. Not only does it wake up millions of Americans, but it can also reduce the chance of depression in women by up to 40%.
Not just that, but another study conducted at Rutgers University suggests that caffeine may be highly effective at reducing the risk of skin cancer. Scientists found that caffeine, when applied directly to the skin, inhibits an enzyme called ATR.
To prove their theory, they genetically modified mice to have lower levels of ATR. When exposed to UVB radiation, they developed cancerous tumors much more slowly than the unmodified mice, and had 65% less tumors than the unmodified mice.
What does this all mean? Caffeine sunscreen might be all the rage next summer. Would you use it?