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Reduce Risk Of Dementia By Drinking Coffee

Monday, December 01, 2014

Not only is coffee one of the tastiest beverages around – it is also one of the healthiest, as new scientific research continues to prove.

Good news, then, for the millions of us worldwide that spend eight hours every working day attached to our trusty mug!

Indeed, this November, a brand new study has revealed that drinking coffee regularly in a moderate, long-term manner can help significantly cut your chances of getting dementia.


The Findings

According to scientists, drinking between three to five cups of coffee per day can help you protect against developing dementia by as much as 20%!

The study, which was published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, postulates that drinking coffee can play a significant role in preserving memory and other cognitive functions – which is especially important during the phase of Alzheimer's disease before symptoms of dementia occur.

So, what exactly is it about coffee that helps protect you against the onset of dementia?

Well, this recent study, which was presented at the Alzheimer's Europe Annual Congress in Glasgow, indicated that compounds in coffee called polyphenols (which are found in great abundance in our favourite caffeinated beverage) are responsible for this protective effect.

What’s more, caffeine helps protect against the formation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrulary tangles in the brain, which are two further hallmarks of Alzheimer's Disease.

Furthermore, the combination of caffeine and polyphenols can help reduce inflammation and decrease the deterioration of brain cells, especially in the cortex and hippocampus, which, for those of us that haven’t got a PhD in Bio Chemistry, are the areas of the brain which are involved in memory.

The vice chairman of Alzheimer Europe, Dr Iva Holmerova, supported these recent findings, stating that:

“The findings presented in this report are very encouraging. Coffee is a very popular beverage enjoyed by millions of people around the world and I'm pleased to know that moderate, lifelong consumption can have a beneficial effect on the development of Alzheimer's disease.”

The Importance of Diet and Lifestyle

Although cognitive decline is a sure sign of getting older – and is par for the course for all of us at some point – these findings from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee coincide with a recent line of thought that your lifestyle and diet could be related to cognition.

What’s more, according to nutrition and health experts, the traditional Mediterranean diet, which comprises fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, red wine and olive oil, is also connected with a reduced risk developing Alzheimer's disease.

So, the main takeaway here – which will hardly come as a shock – is to drink coffee as part of a healthy lifestyle!

Wwhat do you think about these new findings?

Do you drink coffee as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle?

Get in touch with us here at Cafe2U HQ with your questions/comments/opinions!

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