A Coffee a day keeps Alzheimer’s away?

University students pulling all-nighters are well aware of the almost magical affect a cup of coffee can have on helping their brain stay sharp, focused and awake.  But a good cup of coffee does more than just save your term paper; it can help stave off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in later years.

Studies have shown that drinking one cup of coffee a day delivers the body enough caffeine to help ward off high cholesterol that scientists have linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Eating a diet high in bad cholesterol leads to the blood-brain barrier that protects the central nervous system to leak, leaving the nervous system susceptible to diseases.  However, caffeine blocks the disruptive effects of high cholesterol, protecting the blood-brain barrier from damage, which in turn lowers the amount of memory loss when aging and the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

So if you want to keep your mind sharp throughout your life, reach for a cup of coffee.  Some studies suggest one cup a day is enough to reap the benefits of caffeine; others encourage sipping six cups a day.  Whatever amount you choose, Take Five Café has many different options to explore.  Isn’t it nice to have an indulgence that tastes amazing and is good for you too?

More on coffee and the brain:

Science Daily – Coffee may protect against dementia

Medical News Today – Coffee and Alzheimer’s

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