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Coffee And Dementia: Can Morning Drink Save Your Memory?

There is a new reason to enjoy drinking coffee aside from staying awake and alert during a very busy day. Coffee has been found helping people reduce the risk of having neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. 

The new study suggests that consumption of up to 5 cups of coffee per day could help prevent the development of the conditions that contribute to dementia. The findings support earlier research that found the link between the popular beverage and neurodegenerative diseases.

“There have been some scientific studies that have found a relationship between coffee consumption and a delay in the onset of Alzheimer's,” Keri Gans, registered dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet, told Yahoo Lifestyle

A study in 2018 showed that regular coffee consumption helped some people avoid Alzheimer’s and Parkison’s. Researchers found certain ingredients in coffee, especially the phenylindanes, could block both beta amyloid and tau, two protein fragments common in the two said conditions. 

The team described phenylindanes as “promising lead for the development of drug-like molecules to treat neurodegenerative disorders.” However, Gans noted more studies are needed to fully understand how coffee works to prevent dementia. 

In addition, some researchers in the latest study by non-profit organization Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee included six major European coffee makers. 

Effects Of Coffee On Other Diseases

Aside from protecting the memory against neurodegenerative conditions, numerous studies showed drinking coffee could also help avoid other disease. Gans said researchers previously found the beverage could help reduce the risk of having heart disease, Parkinson’s, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes. 

A study in 2015 showed that cafestol and caffeic acid in coffee could help improve blood sugar levels. Intake of the two ingredients “increased insulin secretion when glucose was added” during tests.  

Drinking coffee also worked against certain forms of cancer in previous tests. In 2016, coffee was linked to a lower risk of colon cancer in more than 5,000 men.

Latest findings in 2019 also showed substances commonly found in coffee, including cafestol and kahweol acetate, could inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. 

Coffee Estimates show that 64 percent of the population in the U.S. drink a cup of coffee every day. Pixabay