New Study Shows Coffee Can Prevent or Delay Alzheimer’s

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

New Study Shows Coffee Can Prevent or Delay Alzheimer’s

We’ve long known that coffee has numerous health perks, and previous studies in mice have suggested it offers protective benefits against Alzheimer’s disease. Now, a new human study shows just how powerful coffee is for reducing the risk of dementia or substantially delaying its onset.

This study, which will be published in the online version of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, was conducted by researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami. After tracking the memory and cognitive skills of participants ages 65 to 88, the researchers found that those participants with the highest blood caffeine levels from coffee had the greatest protection against Alzheimer’s.

In fact, the results suggested that those with mild memory impairment—a precursor to Alzheimer’s—who drank three cups of coffee a day substantially delayed or avoided developing full-blown dementia.

This new research adds to the other good news that coffee reduces the risk of diabetes, helps prevent skin cancer, reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease, stops migraine headaches, can halt a full-blown asthma attack, aids in weight loss, and even increases longevity.

What does this mean for you? As I’ve said before, coffee provides exceptional health benefits, so go ahead and drink up. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, are pregnant or expecting to become pregnant, however, go easy on the caffeine.

Now it’s your turn: Have you found that coffee improves your mental function?

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