Drinking Coffee Can Boost Mental Health
Jan 30, 2009
Great news for coffee lovers! Coffee may not only give you an energy boost, but help your mental health later in life. The New York Times reports on a new study that shows drinking coffee may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as well.
A team of Swedish and Danish researchers found that subjects who reported drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 65-percent less likely to develop dementia, compared with those who drank two cups or less. The study tracked the habits of more than 14-hundred middle-age men and women for more than 20 years.
Dr. Miia Kivipelto, an associate professor of neurology in Stockholm and lead author of the study, doesn’t advocate drinking coffee as a preventive health measure, but does acknowledge the beverage’s benefits. Calling the work, an “observational study,” she says, there is no evidence that for people who are not drinking coffee, taking up drinking it will have a protective effect.” She says drinking coffee may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, which has also been linked with a greater risk of dementia. Dr. Kivipelto noted that previous studies ave shown that coffee drinking may also be linked to a reduced risk of Parkinson’s Disease.
So there you have it. Coffee lovers, rejoice and drink up!