Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Coffee Consumption Linked to Delayed Alzheimer's Onset: Study

Coffee cupCoffee cup (Photo credit: @Doug88888)Now and then on this blog I like to relate interesting news about my other favorite subject, coffee. I have been known to be obsessive about it but I believe there are many unknown health benefits. We have been told over the years to moderate our coffee consumption but I know how many people enjoy their morning jump-start. I have been trying to tell my wife how great coffee is and now here is the proof. The little brown bean is responsible for delayed onset of Alzheimer.

A group of researchers from the University of South Florida and University of Miami have found that higher caffeine consumption is linked with a delayed onset of Alzheimer's disease, even in older adults who already have mild cognitive impairment (thought to be an early sign of Alzheimer's and/or dementia).

"These intriguing results suggest that older adults with mild memory impairment who drink moderate levels of coffee -- about 3 cups a day -- will not convert to Alzheimer's disease -- or at least will experience a substantial delay before converting to Alzheimer's," study researcher Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at USF, said in a statement.

Researchers cautioned that the study doesn't mean drinking coffee is guaranteed to save someone from Alzheimer's, but rather coffee may help to lower the risk of Alzheimer's.

They don't want to go out on a limb here but they also say with all good things take in moderation moderation is key. Excessive coffee consumption is associated with cardiovascular problems, including an increased heart rate or blood pressure and irregular heartbeats, Harvard Health Publications reports.

So when enjoying your daily coffee coffee take comfort in the fact that you are not only self medicating your coffee addiction but also you can tell your friends your keeping Alzheimers at bay.

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  1. This is great news! I enjoy my coffee as well, but probably do push the boundaries of moderation on some days. Pleased to learn though that my prospects for early Alzheimers may be lessened. Now where did I put my car keys... :-)

    1. I have always loved coffee in all shapes and forms. But all these studies are subjective. Who really knows?

  2. Makes me want to go fire up the Keurig and have another cup.


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