Here is more good Coffee news as research suggests drinking Coffee daily may actually cut the risk of dementia in many people. Coffee is able to do this by blocking the damage cholesterol which otherwise would inflict on the body.
Drinking coffee daily has already been linked to a lower risk rate of getting Alzheimer’s Disease seen in a study by a US team for the Journal of Neuroinflammation. A vital barrier between the brain and main blood supply of rabbits which were fed a high fat diet was protected in rabbits that were given a caffeine supplement. Coffee which contains caffeine is a safe and readily available drug and with its ability to stabilise the blood brain barrier means it could have a very important role to play in therapies against neurological disorders. The “blood brain barrier” is basically just a filter which protects the central nervous system from potentially harmful chemicals carried in the bloodstream.
Studies have shown that high levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream can make this barrier leaky. Researchers suggest this makes the brain very vulnerable to damage which can trigger or contribute to the condition or risk. The University of North Dakota study used the equivalent of one cup of coffee in their experiments on the rabbits and after 12 weeks on a high cholesterol diet, the rabbits blood brain barriers in those given the caffeine supplement was much more intact than in the rabbits that received no caffeine at all.
Caffeine actually appears to be able to block several of the disruptive effects of cholesterol when could allow the blood-brain barrier to become leaky. High levels of cholesterol are a big risk factor for getting Alzheimer’s disease, possibly do to compromising the protective nature of the blood brain barrier it’s self.
Of course there is more research that has to be done, but at the moment it look good for us daily coffee drinkers to continue drinking our beloved friend Coffee, it just may give us an edge to live longer lives! The good benefits of drinking coffee daily, greatly out way the few bad effects seen in some people.
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