Coffee Is Actually Protecting Your Brain From Disease
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
Rise and shine… it’s coffee time!
Brewing and drinking a morning cup of coffee is a ritual that many people embrace around the world.
As if you need more reason to reach for a steamy cup of delicious, creamy coffee, it also has health benefits TOO!
There’s an abundance of research showing the many benefits of coffee:
Now research is indicating that coffee has the power to reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Read on to learn more about this interesting study!
According to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, there is an impressive risk reduction for the development of Alzheimer’s… IF you drink coffee!
The study was conducted in Finland by the Karolinska Institute and followed 1,409 people aged 65 to 79 years for an average of 21 years. The individuals were placed into one of 3 categories:
1. 0 – 2 cups of coffee drunk daily = “low” coffee drinkers
2. 3 – 5 cups of coffee drunk daily = “moderate” coffee drinkers
3. More than five cups of coffee drunk daily = “high” coffee drinkers
Here is what the study found:
- Moderate coffee drinkers at midlife showed a 65% DECREASED risk for developing Alzheimer’s in comparison to low coffee drinkers.
- People who drank more than 5 cups a day also were at reduced risk for dementia.
Dr. Miia Kivipelto, the lead researcher and professor of Clinical Geriatric Epidemiology at Karolinska, said the following regarding her study:
“Given the large amount of coffee consumption globally, the results might have important implications for the prevention of or delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
“The findings need to be confirmed by other studies, but it opens the possibility that dietary interventions could modify the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Researchers are just starting to clarify the brain-protective characteristics of coffee. The latest research indicated that the benefits of coffee happens at the microbiome level. Your microbiome includes your gut environment, which is loaded with various bacteria that influence your health and well being.
It is because of the bacteria in your gut (and how they process coffee) that coffee can reduce your risk of strokes, type-2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
Here is how coffee works with your gut bacteria:
- Intestinal bacteria can easily digest the coffee-bean fibers that remain in the brewed liquid.
- The bacteria can extract energy from the coffee and use it for their own growth and health.
- Helps reduce inflammation, which has been linked to many diseases.
Coffee is also a rich source of polyphenols, which are the most abundant antioxidants in the human diet! Depending on what you eat, you consume about 1 gram of polyphenols each. This amount is 10 times higher than your daily consumption of vitamin C and 100 times higher than your daily vitamin E and A intake.
Drink up! As you have just read, coffee has incredible health benefits. HOWEVER, what you put in your coffee is equally as important. Loading it up with sugar and creamer won’t do your brain any good. Try these good-for-you coffee additives that you can use while still protecting your brain:
How do you like your morning coffee? Any tips to SHARE? Please share with us in the comments below!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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