Does Coffee Prevent Alzheimer’s?

Can’t live without your morning cup of coffee? New research shows that coffee may prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the amount of beta amyloid in the brain by as much as 50%. Learn more from this latest study about caffeine’s brain boosting benefitsDoes Coffee Prevent Alzheimer's?

Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s

A new study led by Dr. Abhishek Mohan at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, has concluded that coffee can reduce the levels of beta amyloid, a harmful and destructive protein commonly found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, by as much as 50%.

The study was completed on mice but its results suggest that coffee and caffeine may be helpful in ridding the body of beta amyloid in humans. These findings could be helpful in the search for new treatments to combat Alzheimer’s.

While more research needs to be done before definitively concluding the positive effects of coffee on human brain health, the findings of this study are supported by past research which also show coffee can fight Alzheimer’s.

Coffee and Beta Amyloid Studies

Another study completed in November of 2014 found that people who drank more than three cups of coffee daily were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s, but only in the short term. Yet another study, one completed in 2012, found that drinking three cups a day could slow or stop the transition from mild cognitive impairment to dementia. Researchers believe that caffeine and coffee may delay the onset of symptoms, thus delaying a diagnosis.

Researchers from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee – a nonprofit that examines the effects of coffee on health – believe the protective power of coffee may come from the caffeine and polyphenol content found in the drink.

Caffeine is thought to prevent the build up of beta-amyloid, commonly thought to be a main cause of Alzheimer’s. Polyphenols have an antioxidant effect which reduces inflammation and may help protect the brain from age-related decline.

While many studies support the positive effects of coffee on brain health, it is worth noting that coffee can also raise blood pressure, which is a common factor in increasing the risk of stroke and cardiac arrest. As with most things, it is important to remember that moderation is the key to consumption.

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