A morning just doesn’t feel right unless you start it with a nice cup of joe. Some people simply can’t function in the morning without having that hot cup of coffee first thing. It’s almost as though their brains can’t function without that initial jolt of caffeine. But according to recent research, there’s more to your morning java than just caffeine. There also seems to be an as yet unidentified substance in it that works with caffeine to delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Research is currently being done to determine that this substance is, but studies are showing that it really does work.
It’s not the caffeine alone that prevents Alzheimer’s disease. Similar studies have been conducted with high-caffeine drinks such as Red Bull and other caffeinated energy drinks, but none have had anywhere near as promising results as plain, old, caffeinated drip coffee. There just seems to be something in it that works together with the caffeine to have a brain-boosting effect. Decaf doesn’t pack the same punch, either, so it must be the two components working together to delay, prevent, and even improve the condition of Alzheimer’s disease.
There has long been a debate on the pros and cons of drinking coffee. Detractors claim that the caffeine is bad for the body, and that the risks are not worth the benefits. But more and more research seems to show that the benefits actually outweigh the risks. The brew has been proven to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. It contains plenty of antioxidants as well, which have proven health benefits. Overall, it seems that the risks of having a nice cup of joe every day are not nearly severe enough to outweigh the many potential benefits of enjoying a morning brew, especially when it comes to your brain health.
While research is still being conducted to isolate the component in coffee that works with caffeine to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, the research is more for the sake of isolating that component so that it can be added to other caffeinated drinks in the future so that they, too, can be used as a preventative measure against developing Alzheimer’s disease. But the fact remains that java on its own is still an effective way to keep the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease at bay. So drink up, and toast to your health.