Scientists have discovered that daily intake of Coffee can reduce the chances of dementia by up to 20 per cent. The findings were recently presented at the 2014 Alzhemier Europe Annual Congress in Glasgow, Britain.
“The majority of human epidemiological studies suggest that regular coffee consumption over a lifetime is associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, with an optimum protective effect occurring with three to five cups of coffee per day.” said Dr Arfran Ikram, an assistant professor in neuroepidemiology at Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, who contributed to the findings.
The researchers found caffeine helped prevent the formation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrulary tangles in the brain – two hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Dr Iva Holmerova, vice chairman of Alzheimer Europe, said: “The findings presented in this report are very encouraging and help to develop our understanding of the role nutrition can play in protecting against Alzheimer’s Disease. 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.”
She added: “Cognitive decline is a feature of aging, and although some changes can be expected in all of us, there is some evidence that diet and lifestyle may be related to cognition. In fact epidemiological studies suggest that certain lifestyle factors and nutritional elements, including the consumption of coffee and caffeine, may help to slow age-related cognitive decline seen in the older generation.”
But Jess Smith, Research Officer at the care and research charity Alzheimer’s Society, warned that the evidence that drinking coffee will help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease was still not conclusive.
She added: “Some research suggests that caffeine and antioxidants in coffee may be beneficial but studies in people show mixed results – more research and clinical trials are needed to see if positive effects occur in people over the long term.
“There is no single way to reduce your risk of dementia. Exercising frequently, as well as eating a healthy balanced diet, avoiding smoking, not drinking in excess, and managing other health conditions can play a role in reducing your risk of dementia.”
Recently, we saw another research published by Switzerland based research team relating Coffee and Diabetes.
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