First of all, before you go into a panic and consider throwing away your Nespresso machine….don’t! It’s not all bad. For many of us, caffeine powers our day. It’s literally one of life’s necessities!
Caffeine has lots of positives and one of them might just be for your skin, not least of all, your energy levels. In short, it’s all to do with antioxidants. But the way you’re drinking your coffee might be the issue.
We want to look at the role collagen and coffee play. A recent report suggested that coffee inhibits collagen formation. But what does that actually mean? Surely we don’t have to ditch our morning coffee and collagen combo?
The Benefits of Coffee and Collagen
Let’s start by taking a look at the benefits of these two popular supplements.
Did you know that coffee beans were first brewed in the 11th century and were widespread throughout the Muslim community during the 13th century? Caravans were powered by caffeine as they traversed the dusty desert regions.
Coffee is loaded not just with a stimulant that helps the blood flow better to the brain, increasing alertness and cognitive function (helping to keep your co-called wits about you) but it also helps protect against free-radical damage and provides our liver with an extra helping hand, regulating the body.
Not just that, coffee is also loaded with antioxidants (we talk about those a lot on the Reverse Life blog) as well as polyphenols which help slow down the ageing process. So far, so good!
You’d have to be living under a rock to not know the many and varied benefits of taking collagen, especially Reverse Life high-strength hydrolysed marine collagen which is highly bioavailable, easy to digest and contains a unique amino-acid profile which stimulates the body’s own natural collagen production.
So coffee and collagen both have undeniable benefits. Therefore it stands to reason that they should be the perfect combination, right?
There is evidence which claims caffeine inhibits collagen formation but it’s important to understand the facts and to put all of that into context
Caffeine, in large doses (and we do mean very large, like an inhuman amount) does inhibit the production of an enzyme called prolidase. This in turn, has a role to play in healthy collagen production. However, if you are a “regular” coffee drinker, and by that we mean you consume between 4-15mg of caffeine a day, you’ve nothing at all to worry about. In fact, because coffee actually helps to speed up your metabolism, it means your collagen is being absorbed faster so that it can get to work more efficiently, delivering all of its amazing beneficial properties.
Coffee is being used more and more frequently in skin care products because pretty much everyone agrees that it is a powerful antioxidant with anti-ageing properties.
Here at Reverse Life, we love to start our day with a shot of hydrolysed marine collagen. Our new formula contains caffeine and green tea in just the right quantities to help kick start your day. When consumed orally, and in moderation, coffee is not only safe but also beneficial for the skin, so there’s no need to skip it! Now pass me a cuppa. Talking of which, you can read all about the benefits of taking green tea in our latest BLOG: The Top 6 Benefits of Green Tea Extract. Read it HERE.