Raise your cup...of coffee. Here's why!

November 15, 2017

Researchers at the University of South Florida now say if you love your caffeinated coffee, there's reason to keep drinking it. The researchers claim there is a mystery ingredient in coffee that could protect coffee drinkers against Alzheimer's disease.

The study, funded by the state of Florida and the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, says coffee appears to have an unidentified ingredient, which when combined with caffeine seems to reduce brain levels of beta-amyloid – which is thought to cause Alzheimer's disease. Because only caffeinated coffee, brewed in an automatic drip coffeemaker, was tested on the subjects – mice – there is no information available whether the same results will be achieved by drinking instant coffee.

One of the study's lead authors, Dr. Chuanhai Cao, stated, "Because Alzheimer's starts in the brain several decades before it is diagnosed, any protective therapy would obviously need to be taken for decades." The researchers believe coffee in moderation is currently the best option for long-term protection against Alzheimer's. Moderation is defined as 4-5 8 ounce cups per day whereas most American's consume 1.5 to 2 cups per day.

Moderate daily consumption will not completely protect people from getting Alzheimer's disease but the researchers believe it will reduce the risk or delay the onset of the memory loss disease.

So coffee lovers.........raise your cup!