A 2016 report from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee has discovered a link between coffee consumption and lower risks of Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
The report was based off the HALE study (Healthy Ageing: a Longitudinal study in Europe) discovered that moderate consumption of coffee (between 3 and 5 cups a day) can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers and other cognitive decline by up to 27%.
The precise biological mechanism behind the association are still being investigated but it is likely linked to the polyphenols, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, as well as the caffeine directly. Another reason to thank the gods for coffee.
It is noted that consumption and cognitive decline is illustrated by a U-shaped pattern, with the greatest protection seen at 3-5 cups. This means that more cups doesn’t equal more protection, sadly. So before you go chugging down in the name of brain health, remember that.
And for all you nay-sayers, the report also found that consuming up to five cups of coffee per day does not result in any health concerns. Aside from maybe inhibited sleep, but you’ll get used to that pretty quickly.
Time to buy some coffee beans, we think!