Reduce the Menopause ‘Power Surges’
There are many factors when it comes to development of wrinkles, but a big one is how well your body can continue making collagen, a protein that provides structure to skin, as well as tendons and ligaments, according to previous research. As we age, our collagen production decreases naturally, research notes, which can affect skin resiliency, elasticity, and hydration. What speeds up that process? Too much UV light, tobacco, excessive sugar intake, and surprisingly, a large amount of caffeine.
“As research has shown, caffeine actually interferes with collagen synthesis,” says Los Angeles-based registered dietitian Melissa Hooper. “When collagen stores begin to decline, which occurs around age 30, it creates wrinkles. Cutting out caffeine is a simple and inexpensive dietary change that can be done to support collagen stores and help delay wrinkles.”
Caffeine can have an effect on hormones, Hooper says, particularly estrogen. Although previous research has found that caffeine can change how estrogen is metabolized in younger women, it may also increase estrogen for those who are going through menopause, according to Hooper.
“That has a tendency to increase hot flashes,” she says. “We see that with menopausal women who regularly drink caffeine.”
One caveat to this, though, is that these estrogen changes may vary according to race, a study from the National Institutes of Health notes. Also, dose dependence may play a part. In other words, if someone drinks one cup of coffee every day, she may not see these results, but if it’s more than two cups daily, it may be an issue.