The Effects of Caffeine on Cellulite
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Health
Caffeine has given new meaning to cellulite. The word itself cellulite,
"orange peel skin" or "cottage cheese refers to a condition which
occurs when fat cells push the skin stretching it, forming the so
called "hills and valleys" which are an individual's nightmare.
Cellulite is one of the most common problems with men and women today.
It does tend to be most prevalent not to say noticeable in older women
and females dealing with plus sizes. There has always been a debate on
what really causes cellulite to appear.
Caffeine is the most widely used pharmacological substance in the
world. It can be found in grocery items such as coffee, tea, cocoa, and
chocolate. It is generally used as a central nervous system stimulant,
with the function of preventing drowsiness and restoring alertness.
Caffeine has been used in the past as one of the most active
ingredients of many anti-cellulite products and creams. It is available
in all shapes and sizes even a handmade caffeine soap coffee bar is
easy to find on eBay! Some people find benefit in massaging coffee bean
grounds on parts of their body affected by cellulite. But today things
are not as flourishing as the good old days; as a matter of fact,
caffeine and cellulite are two things that have been the center of
debate for many. There are contrasting theories about the effectiveness
of caffeine in cellulite products.
Caffeine is a stimulant; it stimulates the breakdown of fat cells
and also widens the blood vessels in the area. As a consequence,
caffeine also stimulates the circulation and flow of blood, helping to
eliminate toxins, fat and excess fluids. Many experts claim caffeine
temporarily as beneficial as it seems. Apparently caffeine temporarily
constricts the blood vessels making the skin appear tighter. But this
effect does not last forever. Caffeine in cellulite creams offers a
momentary cheap solution rather than even more drastic alternatives
such as liposuction.
Theoretically, caffeine should help with those people who drink
coffee or tea more than those who do not have it at all as part of
their diet. But this is not always the case. Many believe that caffeine
in a cellulite product works differently in each person.
There are also some side effects in taking caffeine as part of your
daily regular diet. In some cases it could encourage puffiness and for
some people it could interfere with sleep and make you restless.
Excessive caffeine intake can also lead to negative effects such as
fast heart rate, excessive urination, nausea, anxiety, depression and
tremors. Caffeine has proven to increase weight in some cases, even
though some may argue that it actually burns calories.
In conclusion, whatever you decide to do bear in mind the benefits
of caffeine depend on many factors and you should wisely determine
whether caffeine is good for you or not.