Link #79: Coffee Can Help You Avoid Alzheimer’s!

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Link #79: Coffee Can Help You Avoid Alzheimer’s!

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In our last article, we explained how the Dutch have created a fake village for dementia patients so that they can live a normal life. Dementia is a condition of severe forgetfulness that is a result of a wide variety of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Researchers are still trying to figure out what causes these diseases and how to deal with them. However, some studies have found a way to avert the onset of these diseases. This is to simply have coffee every day. Don’t believe us? Read on.

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How Do We Know That Coffee Can Lower Chances of Alzheimer’s?

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There have been many studies that have proven that having some amount of coffee every day can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in people. For instance, there was a study in Sweden and Finland wherein scientists monitored a group of 1,400 people over a period of 20 years.

They discovered that those individuals who had three to five cups of coffee every day had a 65 percent lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Research also showed that people who have higher caffeine levels in their blood are protected against Alzheimer’s disease. This research focused on the thinking patterns and memories of about 124 people.


How Does Caffeine Counter the Onset of Alzheimer’s?

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The main reason why coffee can counter the onset of Alzheimer’s disease is that it contains caffeine which has a positive impact on how the human brain functions. First and foremost, caffeine has the ability to prevent inflammation inside the brain.

In fact, this quality of caffeine is so crucial that if an individual above the age of 65 years has high levels of caffeine in his blood then he will actually end up postponing or averting the onset of Alzheimer’s entirely. On the other hand, if the individual already has early symptoms of Alzheimer’s, then having high blood caffeine levels can actually reverse the process.

Caffeine performs another positive function inside the brain that keeps Alzheimer’s away. Caffeine is a natural opponent of adenosine receptors. It’s a well-known fact that a person with Alzheimer’s has high levels of protein in his brain. This protein is mainly tangled versions of Tau protein.

Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in the brain which are crucial for the production of Tau protein. Effectively, Alzheimer’s disease is kept from developing inside the individual’s mind.


How Else Is Coffee Good For Health?

While coffee may have been seen to have a negative influence on the human body for a long time, the perspective is slowly changing as more and more research is conducted. Most modern research focuses on the positives of caffeine and, of course, coffee.

For instance, in addition to preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s, coffee is also known to partly deal with motor problems pertaining to Parkinson’s disease. Similarly, coffee is known for having the capability of averting the threat of type 2 diabetes as well. Finally, there’s some evidence that coffee can lower the chances of heart problems, stroke and cancer.




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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tau_protein
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20182037
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/111598.php
http://www.alzheimers.net/2014-04-09/benefits-of-coffee/

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