In the study, 1,409 people were interviewed about their coffee drinking habits and their memory functioning when they were in their 50s and again when they were between 65 and 79 years of age. The researchers found that those who drank 3-5 cups of coffee a day in mid-life were 60-65% less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease in later life.
The scientists weren't sure how or why coffee might reduce Alzheimer's risk, but they suggested that the drink's high antioxidant content may be a factor.
I would love to think that my coffee habit is helping my brain, but it's important to remember that this study only showed an association and did not prove that drinking coffee will reduce your risk of Alzheimer's. Still, while coffee isn't for everyone and can cause problems like gastrointestinal upset, there may be something to this study. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for more research on this topic while I continue to enjoy my daily cup(s) of joe.
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