By Lucy Buglass
Many of us start the day with a nice cup of coffee, but our morning drink could be more beneficial than we first thought due to the fact it could prevent Alzheimer's.
A new report by The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee has revealed that drinking the caffeinated beverage can help reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s.
This study analysed pervious studies which investigated how dietary components can reduce the risk of debilitating disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Interestingly, their analysis suggests that a higher intake of coffee can help reduce the risk of these diseases and even relieve symptoms that are associated with them too.
Study lead Dr Elisabet Rothenberg said, “Research suggests that a higher intake of coffee and caffeine, up to 5 cups of coffee per day, could act as preventative on risk of developing neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson’s Disease.”
Currently, researchers are unsure about what the link is, but they hope that their findings will encourage more studies into the health benefits of coffee to discover what could be causing this.
She added, “Neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's markedly change life conditions by successively impairing functional capacity, with profound effects on independence and well-being.
“Currently no curative treatment is available, and therefore ways to reduce the risk of developing these conditions or relieve symptoms is laudable.”
Dr Rothenberg also revealed what scientists have been studying in regard to lifestyle factors. He said, “At present research has shown promising results regarding the impact of lif-style factors including diet. The Mediterranean diet has been of main interest.
“There are also some interesting studies regarding coffee consumption suggesting that caffeine is potentially beneficial in preventing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.”
However, she acknowledged that further research was required before they were able to draw firm conclusions about the way coffee can help with neurodegenerative diseases.
It will be interesting to see if there's more studies about this in the future!
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