More and more scientific studies have been producing results that daily coffee consumption conveys numerous positive health benefits. Drinking coffee has been linked to improvements in memory, reaction times, energy levels, mood elevation, and numerous additional cognitive functions.
The research is in, and it’s claiming that regular coffee drinkers can reduce their chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as twenty percent. Drinking three to five cups a day may lessen the possibility of being diagnosed with the most widespread neurodegenerative disease by up to one-fifth. Scientists think this could be due to caffeine’s effect on attenuating the deterioration of brain cells located in regions of the brain involved with memory. In a report from the Alzheimer Europe Congress in Glasgow, Scotland is claiming that caffeine assists in the reduction of brain cell inflammation, as well as helps to prohibit protein clots within the spaces between brain cells, called neurofibrillary tangles or amyloid plaques. These are both indicative of advancing Alzheimer’s disease.
Coffee contains more antioxidants than anything else we regularly consume. Antioxidants serve to prevent and slow cell damage, and have also been linked to protection against cancer. Studies have also shown that people who regularly drink coffee also have less of a chance of contracting liver, skin, and colon cancers.
Research has shown that patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease can also benefit from drinking coffee because of its ability to decrease the intensity of the patient’s tremors, as well as its ability to allow them an increased control of their movements. Whether or not this is due to the caffeine contained in the coffee or the coffee itself, this data becomes consistent when it is considered that coffee consumption correlates to a decrease in a person’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, much like Alzheimer’s disease.
Findings have also indicated that women who drink one or more cups a day are also less likely to have a stroke as compared to women who drink less.
Although scientists may not yet be entirely sure what it is about coffee that is so beneficial – beyond its antioxidants – the positive side effects of drinking coffee should be enough to have you grabbing a cup tomorrow morning before work.