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Tip 16: Can coffee improve brain health?

Monday, January 24, 2011 9:50 AM

Tip 16: Can coffee improve brain health?

If I told you that a drink made from roasted berries or seeds might be good for you, most people would think that makes sense. Yet for some reason, mainstream health “experts” are still reluctant to admit that coffee actually has health benefits but the evidence keeps piling up. So let’s look at a couple more specific to brain health.

In the year 2000, two studies (one in the mainstream journal Neurology and one in JAMA) showed that coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk for Parkinson’s disease. More recent studies have also shown that coffee drinkers are less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Coffee has even been shown in a study published in Psychopharmacology to improve short-term cognitive function on various testing parameters like reaction time, choice reaction time, incidental verbal memory, and visuo-spatial reasoning.

The mechanisms behind the health benefits could from the coffee enhances detoxification in the body, and/or its anti-oxidant content.

Maybe if the “experts” drank more coffee they’d be thinking a little more clearly and make better judgments.

Copyright ©2011 Charles Poliquin




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