A new study has found that people with coffee drinking habit could be at less risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The study found that coffee can protect the brain from rogue proteins, which can destroy neurons and lead to memory loss.
Researchers from the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy had studied 1,445 people in the age of 65-84 years old for about three and a half years. Researchers were studying the effect of coffee drinking over signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition that can lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s and dementia later on.
Participants who regularly drank coffee — one to two cups a day were at less risk of MCI, and the study even suggests that it could help with metabolism and diseases like diabetes.
Cognitive damage is an impairment when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things and making decisions in everyday life. However, drastic changes in coffee drinking habits can also damage a person’s memory and thinking skills in certain conditions.
The new study has been published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. If a person increases his coffee drinking habits at the rate of 1.5 times during his life time, it can result in mild cognitive impairment. Earlier, studies in mice has shown that caffeine could have “neuroprotective” effect, guarding the brain against memory and cognitive loss.
The study concludes by saying that larger studies with longer follow-up periods should be encouraged, addressing other potential bias and confounding sources, so hopefully opening new ways for diet-related prevention of AD. Another study has found that men who drink at least two cups of coffee per day will live about 10 percent longer than those who do not drink coffee at all. To put it simply, coffee is healthy in moderation, and researchers are still studying whether it is harmful or not.[ Source ]