A Recent Study Reveals That Coffee Might Prevent Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s Disease
When it comes to coffee, too much can be unhealthy and lead to certain problems in your body. Science continues to find odd benefits to having a few cups per day, and with a recent study that list of benefits continues to grow. This time, it might be something you wouldn’t expect.
Caffeine is known to contain antioxidants which aid in the removal of free radicals, molecules that are believed to contribute to diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Could caffeine be the fountain of youth that we’ve been looking for all this time? Close, but it’s not like the one from legend.
Most people believe it’s a healthy mind that lends a person that feeling of youthfulness that gets them through each day. Conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease contribute to a great deal of the declining health of older generations.
Dr. Donald Weaver of the Krembil Brain Institute in Canada believes coffee might help find the answer to treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, thanks to a recent study conducted by him and others at the institute.
“Coffee consumption does seem to have some correlation to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. But we wanted to investigate why that it and how they may impact age-related cognitive decline.”
Phenylindanes, which are created during the roasting process of coffee beans, have been documented as preventing things like beta-amyloid and tau, two proteins responsible for advancing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, from clumping together and making the disease worse.
“It’s the first time anybody’s investigated how phenylindanes interact with the proteins that are responsible for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” states co-author of the study, Dr. Ross Mancini. “The next step would be to investigate how beneficial these compounds are, and whether they have the ability to enter the bloodstream, or cross the blood-brain barrier.”
While the evidence is likely to lead to better treatment of these diseases and others, Dr. Weaver had this to say:
“It’s interesting but are we suggesting that coffee is a cure? Absolutely not.”