A new study showed that among the many other benefits of coffee, it might also reduce pain. An article in the LA Times titled “Scientists find a new benefit of coffee: It reduces pain,” reported that scientists in Norway have determined that coffee, along with promoting weight loss and possibly even curbing Alzheimers, reduces physical pain as well. Those that participated in the study were advised to mimic office work that often causes pain in the neck, shoulders and back. The 19 people who drank coffee prior to the work had a lower intensity of pain than the 29 people who didn’t drink coffee.
Coffee has also been reported to help with weight loss, liver disease and type 2 diabetes. But, like every doctor tells us: Everything in moderation. Coffee has also been reported to help with hair loss in men and women. A study published in the “International Journal of Dermatology” in 2007 showed that caffeine actually aids in hair growth. While the study didn’t show that caffeine fought off DHT (the hair killer) it did make hair follicles resistant to the effects of testosterone. However, since coffee is a drink and is taken orally, the probability of it reaching the scalp are not as likely. However, topical caffeine-based treatments for the scalp are becoming popular.
What is DHT (the hair killer)
DHT, which stands for Dihydrotestosterone, is a male sex hormone and plays a major role in hair loss, for both men and women. Male-pattern baldness is caused by the hair follicle’s sensitivity to DHT — and the follicles basically miniaturize and result in shorter life span and abnormal or slow regrowth. When this happens, there are a few options — and if you take care of the hair loss in the beginning stages, you are more likely to need less invasive treatments — such as Rogaine or Propecia. When the hair loss becomes more drastic, you might need a more evasive procedure to treat it.