Drink Coffee To Stave Off Alzheimer’s

Drinking three cups of a coffee a day can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests. People getting their regular caffeine fix have half the mental decline of those who do not touch coffee, it shows. But drinking more than three cups does not seem to have a greater protective effect.

Researchers think caffeine may trigger a chain reaction in the brain that counters damage done by Alzheimer’s. But they stress coffee contains other substances that might be of benefit, such as antioxidants. In a report on their findings, they suggested that doctors may one day recommend coffee to the elderly.

“Drinking three cups a day was associated with the smallest cognitive decline,” they told the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “Because of the worldwide use of coffee and ageing populations, these results could have important public health implications.”

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