According to the British Coffee Association, approximately 55 million cups of coffee are consumed in the UK… per day! That’s a lot of coffee… and a lot of caffeine.
I know I definitely contribute my fare share to this amount… and if you look at the findings of the latest study on the brain-protecting benefits of caffeine, then one thing is certain: Keep filling up those cups of Joe, especially if you’re female.
Make it a strong one!
In this most recent study, researchers found that women who got the equivalent of two or three coffee cups’ worth of caffeine a day were less likely to develop dementia compared to those who consumed smaller amounts of caffeine.
In fact, the coffee-drinking ladies reduced their risk by ONE THIRD!
This large-scale study, called the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study, was funded by the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and it surveyed 6,500 elderly women over the course of ten years… We’re not talking about a small and insignificant study so there’s no reason why these results should not be taken seriously.
To make the most of the brain-health benefits of caffeine, stick to natural sources like organic coffee beans and tea, instead of caffeinated fizzy drinks (which are toxic for so many reasons). Black tea has about half the caffeine of coffee, so it would take four or five cups a day for the same benefit as coffee. Antioxidant-rich green tea packs a slightly stronger punch – three cups of green tea is equal to the caffeine in one cup of coffee.
But keep in mind that caffeine can interrupt your sleep, and a lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. So, enjoy your coffee or tea before 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
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Caffeine consumption in older women seems to reduce risk of dementia, washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/caffeine-consumption-in-older-women-seems-to-reduce-risk-of-dementia/2016/10/03/7ae7513c-8714-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html