A new study, conducted by The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, claims the consumption of coffee could significantly reduce your risk of dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders.
For the study, the team examined a number of studies investigating how certain dietary decisions help lower the risk of diseases likeAlzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Based on their findings, researchers say drinking coffee can help reduce your risk of developing such disorders. However, it may not be effective in treating the symptoms of these medical conditions.
Drinking about five cups a day could help protect against dementia and Parkinson’s disease, according to the authors of the study. While more research is needed to better understand this link, the team hopes there will be more research conducted on coffee.
"Neurodegenerative conditions such as AD and PD markedly change life conditions by successively impairing functional capacity, with profound effects on independence and well-being," study lead author Dr Elisabet Rothenberg told a news portal. Adding, "Currently no curative treatment is available, and therefore ways to reduce the risk of developing these conditions or relieve symptoms is laudable."
Rothenberg further explained: "At present research has shown promising results regarding the impact of life-style factors including diet. The Mediterranean diet has been of main interest."
Dementia is a medical condition that can drastically impact the quality of one's life. Following a healthy lifestyle may help to reduce your risk of developing the condition later on in life.
Another study found consuming a low salt diet may help reduce your risk of dementia. "Our study proposes a new mechanism by which salt mediates cognitive impairment and also provides further evidence of a link between dietary habits and cognitive function," lead study author Dr Giuseppe Faraco, an assistant professor of research in neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine, told a news portal.
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