Coffee may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A new study suggests that drinking coffee lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Credit: Julias Schorzman, CC BY 2.0

A recent study suggests that coffee consumption may decrease your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, published last November, sheds light on the mysterious disease, for which there is no cure to date. Although coffee does not ameliorate or fight Alzheimer’s disease like some drugs do, the study found that people without memory loss who also drank above average amounts of coffee were at lower risk. to develop mild cognitive impairment, which is considered a prerequisite. of Alzheimer’s disease.

“With Alzheimer’s disease, there is currently a lack of effective disease-modifying treatments. Our research group is specifically looking at modifiable risk factors that could delay the onset of the disease, and even a delay of five years could have enormous social and economic benefits,” said lead author Samantha Gardener, a researcher at Edith Cowan University. in Western Australia.

“Worldwide, a high proportion of adults drink coffee every day, making it one of the most widely consumed beverages,” Gardener added. The popularity and ubiquity of coffee could make it a viable method of delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. But she also stressed that more studies are needed. Gardener and his team don’t yet know which ingredient in coffee itself helps delay Alzheimer’s disease.

“This is obviously preliminary data and it needs a lot more research before it’s recommended, but it’s really positive and hopefully in the future it can be incorporated as a lifestyle factor. can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease,” Gardener said.

Coffee Increases Mental Awareness While Decreasing Amyloid Buildup

The study did not create control groups between caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, and it is unclear whether the effect of caffeine on energy and attention is responsible for delaying disease. The study also found that more coffee consumption decreased the buildup of amyloid protein, a destructive substance in the brain.

Adding a cup or two of coffee to your day has the potential to reduce cognitive decline by 8% within a year and a half, while simultaneously reducing amyloid buildup by 5%, Gardener said.

“In this research, we couldn’t find the maximum number of beneficial cups, so there will be a point where you can’t make do with five cups and still get more beneficial effects.” It’s also something for future research, to find the ideal number of cups of coffee to have these positive effects,” she added.

Dr. Howard Fillit, founding executive director and chief scientific officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation – which partially funded Gardener and his team’s work – said the study sheds light on coffee’s preventative potential:

“I think we continue to find really exciting ways to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease, and it’s a very exciting time in the field. I think this is probably, from my reading, one of the most well done studies on coffee and its prevention of cognitive decline and dementia that I have seen so far.

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