This study certainly colors this coffee fanatic’s world beautifully! A study conducted by University of South Florida researchers has found that consumption of coffee prevents the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease.
I knew I always loved Florida.
According to this study, caffeine boosts the blood levels of a critical growth of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF) protein, which is usually decreased in patients suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the study, the average American drinks 1 to 2 cups of coffee a day, considerably less than the amount researchers believe required to protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers believe that moderate daily coffee intake starting by middle age (the 30s, 40s, and 50s) is required to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Apparently, even if you begin drinking coffee at a later age, you can still expect protection from Alzheimer’s Disease.
University of South Florida neuroscientist and lead author of the study Chuanhai Cao said, “Caffeinated coffee provides a natural increase in blood GCSF levels and the exact way that this occurs is not understood. There is a synergistic interaction between caffeine and some mystery component of coffee that provides this beneficial increase in blood GCSF levels.”
A few things occurred to me while reading this report:
- The average American drinks 1-2 cups? For me, that’s just getting started.
If you aren’t as huge a fan (addict, fanatic, lover…) of coffee as I am, and few are, try different approaches. Sweeten your coffee with Truvia or Stevia and add a little cream or even whipped topping. You may also find that you like iced coffee better than hot. Naturally, I love them both. I’m sure you saw that one coming. For iced coffee, brew a strong pot of coffee, sweeten it a little, and allow it to cool. Add ice and enjoy.
Starbucks has outstanding iced coffee that I drink all summer. Some people order it with milk, but not me. Straight on the rocks is how I like my iced coffee.
In all seriousness, Alzheimer’s Disease is a cruel, heart-breaking disease. Entire families suffer along with the victim and currently there is no cure. We should all do anything and everything within our power to keep this disease off of our doorstep. Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease is a topic you’ll see covered on Out of Bounds frequently because it’s one of our most passionate missions. I urge you to search out all of the information you can to protect yourself from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Make each moment count double,