Coffee drinkers have yet another reason to relish their favorite drink. Drinking coffee keeps you alert in the morning and as per a new study, it might keep you alert later in life, too. According to the National Coffee Association, 54% of adult Americans drink coffee daily. The average amount of coffee consumed in the United States is around 3 cups per day. Coffee is known for improving mental performance and increasing productivity at work.
Until recently coffee was linked to treat and prevent asthma, headaches, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and colon Cancer. A research team from University of South Florida has uncovered powerful evidence that five cups of coffee not only helps to stave off the Alzheimer’s but can treat it.
As many as 5.3 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the seventh-leading cause of death and every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s, according to Alzheimer’s Association report.
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder in which healthy brain tissue degenerates, causing a steady decline in memory and mental abilities. It occurs due to the sticky clumps of an abnormal protein in the brain called beta amyloid plaques.
Dr Huntington Potter, director of the Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centre in Tampa said that coffee significantly reduces abnormal levels of beta amyloid protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease, in the blood and in the brain. This reduction of proteins leads to cognitive benefit.
How much coffee in a day is required to have a similar effect?
Studies say that about 500 milligrams of caffeine or five medium-sized cups of coffee are required to have similar effects in future. It may look like a lot, but it’s important to realize that when we go to a Starbucks, this could actually be just the equivalent of 2 1/2 large or Grande cups of coffee. While most people have coffee more than desirable quantity in the morning, it’s actually not such an excessive amount.
The same amount of caffeine can be obtained by drinking two cups of strong coffee, 14 cups of tea, or 20 cola drinks.
The controlled study was carried out on 55 mice who were suffering from memory loss; half the mice were given caffeine in their After two months the caffeinated mice showed a 50 % reduction in levels of amyloid protein in their brain and performed much better on memory tests and thinking skills. Hence the results of the study showed promise that caffeine can help to slow or treat the Alzheimer disease. As the study was conducted on rats, researchers are in a phase of following the initial results with human patients., It’s not yet known whether the changes appear after consumption of caffeine are permanent or not.got plain water.
I think that the research shows promise in treatment of Alzheimer’s diseased and hope that the cilincal trials on human corroborate the animal study. Although, drinking coffee may provide benefits in long terms but you should be careful of the amount of coffee you are drinking especially if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding
- You have high blood pressure
- You have osteoporosis
- You have high cholesterol
- You have glaucoma
- You have a bleeding disorder
- You have anxiety
Though coffee is safe for most adults but drinking more than 6 cups/day can cause “caffeinism” and symptoms such as anxiety or agitation. Like everything else, there is a balance of how much coffee you can drink before it becomes un-safe for you.