Coffee lovers may have another reason to rejoice in their caffeine addictions, a new study says that 3-5 cups of java a day may prevent Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The report, in the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, suggests moderate coffee consumption over a long term can reduce the risk of developing the memory destroying disease by up to 27%. Scientists looked at the relationship between coffee consumption and mental state score in coffee drinkers compared to non-coffee drinkers. The result showed a higher cognitive score in coffee drinkers, particularly in elderly men.
Caffeine, antioxidants and polyphenol--ingredients naturally found in coffee--were factors that contributed to the conclusion. The report was focused on the European population given the continent's growing elderly population and scientists advise cultural differences in other parts of the world should be kept in mind when looking at the data.
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