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HEALTH – Coffee consumption may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s

Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day may help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

This is according to research highlighted in an Alzheimer Europe session report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) today (27 November 2014).

Three expert speakers in this area presented at Alzheimer Europe’s annual conference, exploring the role nutrition can play in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. They presented the latest research developments and findings on coffee, which are documented in the report.

Jess Smith, Research Officer at Alzheimer’s Society said:

‘The evidence is not conclusive that drinking coffee will help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Some research suggests that caffeine and antioxidants in coffee may be beneficial but studies in people show mixed results – more research and clinical trials are needed to see if positive effects occur in people over the long term.

‘There is no single way to reduce your risk of dementia. Exercising frequently, as well as eating a healthy balanced diet, avoiding smoking, not drinking in excess, and managing other health conditions can play a role in reducing your risk of dementia.’