A new study claims that regular consumption of coffee can significantly reduce the risk of developing degenerative neurological afflictions like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Many people begin their morning with a healthy cup of coffee before they go to work in order to gain a valuable energy boost. Scientists from Canada’s Krembil Brain Institute argue that coffee also jolts your general health level in a positive way.
For the purpose of the study, researchers used dark roasted, light roasted and decaffeinated coffee. Chemical analysis revealed the existence of a group of compounds called phenylindanes, which appear during the roasting progress. Several water solutions were made with pure Arabica coffee that is sold by Starbucks.
Besides being responsible for the iconic bitter taste that consumers know and love, phenylindanes also block the fusion of amyloid-beta and tau proteins, which identified in the brains of patients that are affected by diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
The discovery may influence the prevention strategies for neurological diseases. These compounds do offer beneficial effects but further studies are required in order to measure their efficiency in the long run along with their ability to enter the blood stream. The study also underlines the importance of using natural ingredients in order to achieve maximum benefits.
While the study showed that coffee has a positive effect on your health, further studies are needed before it can be used for medical purposes.
Previous studies also note that coffee can influence your health in a positive face. One study implies that coffee may increase your life expectancy since you are less likely to die heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. Another study mentions that coffee consumption will boost your liver activity, increasing the amount of toxins that are removed from your body.
Do keep in mind that all things are good if they are consumed in a responsible manner. According to official guidelines you shouldn’t consume more than 5 cups of coffee per day. Avoid sweeteners and flavors and you should be good to go. Enjoy!
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