If coffee is one of your vices, and oh boy is it one of mine, then I have some good news for you. While it has historically been regarded as an unhealthy stimulant, more studies keep coming out that this delicious morning drink can have a great number of health benefits.
Recent studies have discovered that there are a number of compounds contained in coffee that can help you fight against a variety of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Another reason to reach for that cup of java in the morning!
Mental Health Benefits of Coffee
I came across this article on bgr.com that cites a study that was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that presents findings on the many different brain diseases that coffee can have a positive impact on. Not only is it useful for combating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, but evidence also suggests that it has utility in warding off Lewy body dementia, an incurable brain disease.
The study was conducted at Rutgers University in New Jersey and states that these preventative properties are due to coffee’s content of caffeine and EHT, a fatty acid that plays a role in fighting disease. The study used lab mice and it was recorded to have reduced the accumulation of proteins in the mice’s brains. This build-up of proteins in the brain is a leading cause of Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia.
What is more interesting, however, is that these results were only noticeable when caffeine and EHT were combined.
When taken individually, this response was not witnessed, which suggests that these two compounds have a synergistic effect to inhibit the onset of these brain diseases.
While this is encouraging news, much more research is needed to be conclusive on the exact effect, as well as the correct dosage to derive the most benefit. This isn’t a green light to just chug coffee all day. Getting too much caffeine can have a negative effect on your health, so it is important to be getting the proper amount but not going overboard. What that equilibrium is, that remains to be seen.
I think this is wonderful news, as I am a coffee lover. I can’t start my day without a cup of it. All the more reason to have it in the morning! However, I don’t go too crazy with it. I always have a cup when I wake up, and if I’m feeling particularly sluggish I may have one in the afternoon to perk me up.
This gets me wondering if these kinds of benefits can also be experienced when taking diet pills with coffee? I am curious if EHT is present in these (I know caffeine is) and will produce this same synergistic effect as produced in the study? Or perhaps caffeine diet pills may also have EHT? I don’t know. If you have any insight, feel free to share your comment to this post!