Most of us are in detox mode in January. It’s a good time to cut back on all the things we over-indulged in over the holidays (not to mention all year long).
But there’s one indulgence you’re not going to want to quit.
Coffee drinking is often lumped in with the “bad” habits we need to give up, but it’s anything but. And many diets even recommend sacrificing your brew, at least for a little bit.
But there’s an excellent reason to consider ignoring that advice. I know I will be.
I’ll never give my coffee up willingly. Because new research confirms how it can help deliver some of the most critical benefits possible.
Coffee could help protect your brain, preserve your memory, and perhaps even reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
How coffee could save your brain
You know all about the near-instant boost coffee delivers. It acts like brain fuel, helping you think sharper, clearer, and faster.
But the new study looks at something even more critical. It focuses on the long-term effects inside the brain. And those are even more impressive.
Overall, older folks with a healthy brain who drink coffee are more likely to STAY that way. They were less likely to progress into cognitive impairment and cognitive decline, often the first steps toward dementia.
As a result, the same new study finds that a coffee habit could make you less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. And should the worst happen, and it still strikes, your coffee habit could help move the disease’s timeline to much later in life.
That means many more years of happy and healthy (coffee-filled) living before it does.
The study also uncovers two crucial – and very specific – coffee benefits:
- Having a second cup of coffee a day was linked to an 8 percent drop in the odds of developing cognitive decline over the next 18 months.
- Coffee also appeared to help prevent damaged proteins from building up in the brain, reducing amyloid accumulation by 5 percent.
Not bad for a brew that they’re always trying to get us to quit drinking.
How much coffee should your drink?
The team behind the new study believes each additional cup of coffee per day could further increase the health benefits. But they didn’t arrive at a specific number of cups where those benefits level off before the study was over.
However, in other studies, between three and six cups of coffee a day is often cited as when you max out any added protections. And those benefits aren’t just reducing dementia risk, either.
Coffee is also linked to a lower risk for Parkinson’s, diabetes, prostate cancer, and heart issues. It could even improve your gut health (click here for details).
Plus, one study found coffee can boost your circulation, improving blood flow through the smaller blood vessels by about a third. This could help explain why folks who drink it have a lower risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke.
Just don’t ruin your coffee with any inflammatory sugar or syrups. Keep it simple. Drink it black or with a splash of cream or milk like I do. That way, you can enjoy ALL of the benefits without any added risks.