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: Drinking three
cups of coffee a day could be the key to beating Alzheimer's disease, according
to a study.
Scientists say they have the first direct evidence that regularly drinking
coffee can not only reduce the risk of suffering the brain-wasting disease but
delay its onset.
Their study found that older people who kept caffeine levels topped up in their
blood were far less likely to suffer from the disease.
The findings indicate caffeine, the source of which was mainly coffee, offers
some protection against the onset of Alzheimer's.
Lead researcher Dr Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the University of South
Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, said: "We firmly believe that
moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer's or
delay its onset.-Ě
Study co-author Dr Gary Arendash added: "Moderate daily consumption of
caffeinated coffee appears to be the best dietary option for long-term
¬≠protection against Alzheimer's ¬≠memory loss. Coffee is inexpensive, readily
¬≠available, easily gets into the brain, and has few side-effects for most of
us. Moreover, our studies show that ¬≠caffeine and coffee appear to directly
attack the Alzheimer's disease ¬≠process.-Ě
Dr Cao added: "We are not saying that moderate coffee consumption will
completely protect people from Alzheimer's disease. "However, we firmly believe
that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer's
or delay its onset