New research from Australia is showing strong evidence that drinking coffee could help slow the rate of cognitive decline from Alzheimer’s disease. Higher consumption of coffee is seen to slow decline and a slower accumulation of amyloid protein.
Increasing coffee intake from one to two cups per day has the potential to reduce cognitive decline by as much as 8% over 18 months, as well as a 5% decrease in cerebral beta-amyloid accumulation.
Beta-amyloid is a sticky protein that clumps together in the brains of people struggling with Alzheimer’s.
Further studies are needed as the sample size was small and the dietary data was self-reported. However, it still provides important clues to understanding the connection between diet and brain health.