For many a daily coffee is their boost to get through the day, but that medium drip just might save your life.
People may preach about the dangers of caffeine, but a new study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that drinking coffee could have health benefits.
Besides possibly living longer, caffeine may be able to help prevent Alzheimer’s. A 2012 study by the University of South Florida tested the caffeine levels of people who had begun to show the beginning signs of Alzheimer’s. The researchers then re-tested the same people two to four years later. Participants with little or no caffeine in their bloodstreams were far more likely to have progressed to have developed Alzheimer’s than those whose blood work had shown that they’d consumed about three cups’ worth of caffein8e
These new results are no surprise, as other recent studies have also shown that caffeine can reduce the effects or prevent Type 2 diabetes, basal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, oral cancer and breast cancer. But Dr. Gregory G. Freund, a professor of pathology at the University of Illinois, told The New York Times it is too early to tell the true effect of coffee on health.
“We don’t know whether [coffee] is sufficient to prevent or lessen the effects of dementia,” he said. “But, [coffee] has been popular for a long, long time, and there’s probably good reasons for that.”