Coffee: The myths surrounding the beloved beverage are many and rather widespread. Is it or is it not good for you? A recent study in Italy, however, has brought to light one of the benefits associated with the drink.
The study has been published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease since the research showed how coffee, when drank in moderation, can guard against onset cognitive impairment, which is an indicator that can lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Notice, however, the word “moderate.” Too much of a good thing can be harmful, and the data behind the study shows how more than a couple mugs of the caffeinated goodness had heightened the rates of mild cognitive impairment.
When it comes to your health, extremes are hardly ever beneficial. Keeping a consistent balance to your diet, sleep, and exercise are all key to living a healthy lifestyle. In the same way, the Italian study showed that hardly or never drinking coffee – as well as drinking at increasing or excessive rates – actually caused problems for memory function. On the other hand, those who kept to a low and consistent intake were shown to be safeguarded against mild cognitive impairment.
Coffee is not only good for the mind, however. Other research has shown that coffee is an anti-inflammatory. Additionally, it is high in antioxidants and is even associated with lowering the risks of certain cancers. Not to mention, coffee can prove helpful against tinnitus and even help with erectile dysfunction. And no, there is not current research that supports the theory that the drink makes you shorter.
The risks that come with drinking coffee, though, are real and ought to be considered. However, there are also many benefits to the consumption of the seemingly magical beans. The important thing to remember is regulation and consistency when you start thinking of that third or fourth cup.
For more information on the study, check out this article: http://www.modvive.com/2015/07/30/drinking-coffee-can-help-prevent-dementia-just-dont-overdo-it/