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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.