Coffee lovers have yet another reason to feel good. After a recent study that showed that coffee may protect against cancer, another study offers yet another reason to enjoy that cup of Joe. Drinking 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day may help reduce risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by 27 percent.
Now, 27 percent may not seem like a great number if you do the math. After all, you still have a 73 percent chance of developing any of these conditions, right?
Well, considering how debilitating these neurodegenerative disorders can be, any odds in your favor might well be worth it. Especially if all you have to do is consume a beverage you already enjoy daily.
According to the report, the effect of coffee on cognitive health was more evident among elderly men. The study involved 1,409 individuals who were examined for 21 years. At the time of follow-up, the participants were between 65 and 79 years old.
Coffee consumption in midlife decreased the risk of AD and dementia in the elderly, with the lowest risk (65% decrease) found in people who drank 3–5 cups/day.
The factors in coffee that were linked to the benefits of coffee for cognitive health included caffeine, antioxidants, and polyphenols. Regular and long-term intake of coffee is key, rather than occasional intake.
A more detailed report is published on the Coffee and Health website.