I have a confession to make. I’m a die-hard coffee drinker. I love the stuff.
Coffee often gets a bum rap. That’s why whenever I run across some research that supports my morning ritual (and thee’s a LOT of it out there) I do a little celebratory dance with my coffee mug in hand.
Well, the latest news calls for a whole lot of dancing.
In fact, so much positive research has been emerging about the benefits of caffeine for proper brain functioning that the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease recently released a special supplement to cover all the key findings.
Coffee protects against Alzheimer’s
The title of the supplement “Therapeutic Opportunities for Caffeine in Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases” is quite a mouthful. But the good news can be boiled down to a few exciting findings.
Researchers say that there’s now substantial evidence that caffeine can protect against the kind of cognitive decline that’s seen in cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, research shows that consuming moderate amounts of caffeine can stave off the decline in memory and brain function that happens naturally as we age.
Protect your brain with coffee
Several studies found that caffeine offers some protection against Parkinson’s disease. And researchers say that it may fend off the motor deficits and neurodegeneration in those who are already struck with the devastating disease.
Scientists are even looking at caffeine as a novel treatment for depression.
Heck, with all the positive news about caffeine if you’re not a coffee drinker already it might be time for you to take up the habit.
Meanwhile I’ll be pouring myself a second cup.