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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Coffee Can Prevent Parkinson's and Alzheimer's -- Really??

Coffee Can Prevent Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
Yes, really. Coffee can help prevent the development of Parkinson's Disease. A recent study showed that men and women who drink an 8 oz. cup of coffee a day were about 30 percent less likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.


The study included over 300 men and women in the U.S. The results indicated that over a 10 year span, they were less likely to get Parkinson's. How can this be? Caffeine protects nerve cells, and it is the nerve cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine that is affected by Parkinson's.


A recent study in Hawaii showed that among middle-aged men, those who drank 400 mg (less than an 8 oz. cup) of caffeine a day were 55 percent less likely to have brain lesions than those who drank less. Lesions on the brain are an indication of dementia. The study followed nearly 3,500 middle-aged men for 25 years.

Other benefits of caffeine

Caffeine has also been shown to be effective in relieving headaches by constricting blood vessels in the brain, helps the body burn more fat, gives you energy and combats drowsiness. But Timothy Roehrs of the Sleep Disorders and Research Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit warns that for regular coffee drinkers, more caffeine may be required to get the same affect. As he explained, "As tolerance develops, the brain makes more receptors for adenosine," says Roehrs. "So you need more caffeine to block the added receptors."

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