There is nothing quite like having that first cup of coffee in the morning. There is just something refreshing about the smell and taste of a good cup of coffee. If you are like many people, coffee is something that you look forward to each morning, even if you feel a little guilty about it.
There is some good news for coffee drinkers around the world. Recent studies have shown that drinking that morning cup of Joe may actually have some great health benefits including delaying Alzheimer’s.
Risk of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s is one of the most common types of dementia. Symptoms of the disease include memory loss, mood changes, and confusion. These symptoms typically get worse over time. Around 15% of people who have mild memory loss will develop Alzheimer’s.
The biggest risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s is being over the age of 65.
How Much Coffee Should you Drink?
In order to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or to slow down the process, it is recommended that you drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee each day. Recent research shows that people who are over the age of 65 that have a higher level of caffeine developed full blown Alzheimer’s as many as 2 to 4 years later than those who had lower levels of caffeine in their system.
There are over 100 participants in the study that was conducted and of those the people who had lower levels of caffeine in their blood combined with mild memory loss were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s sooner.
How coffee can help reduce the development of the diseases is not yet known. One idea is that beta-amyloid, which is a protein that is found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s is inhibited by caffeine.
While we all have beta-amyloid in our brains, this protein is metabolized when we are young. As we age our system cannot handle the leftover proteins and so it accumulates in the brain.
When you drink coffee, there are no leftover proteins, which means that the protein is metabolized and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s is reduced.
This idea about how caffeine works to slow down the development of the disease is still being studied.
There are other health benefits of drinking coffee as well. There has been research that shows that coffee may also reduce the risk of having a stroke, developing Parkinson’s disease, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
When it comes down to it, coffee really is your best friend in the morning. There is no reason to stop drinking that morning cup of coffee as the health benefits that it offers are well worth it.
However, some people tolerate caffeine better than others and it is important to note that drinking too much caffeine throughout the day can cause other health issues in some individuals depending on how their body reacts to the chemical.