Science: Coffee science

Yesterday’s coffee science: It’s good for the brain. Today: Not so fast…*

The Washington Post – by Ariana Eunjung Cha

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There’s been a ton of news recently about how awesome coffee can be for many aspects of your health — heart disease, longevity, depression, Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s.  The scientific data has been so strong that the nation’s top nutrition panel recommended earlier this year that people might even want to consider drinking a bit more.

Now comes a sobering report.

In a study evaluating 1,445 people, scientists found that consistently drinking one to two cups of coffee each day is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) — a precursor to dementia and Alzheimer’s — compared to those who never or rarely consumed coffee. That supports previous work, published in 2010, that showed that caffeine may have a neuroprotective effect.

For the whole article: Washing Post

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