Sarah Jones, We Dream of Coffee
Bio: Since she started We Dream of Coffee, Sarah has learned more about coffee’s effects on the body. She decided to advocate for the benefits of coffee hoping that more people will take advantage of the good parts.
How Can Coffee Help Decrease the Occurrence of Dementia?
In addition to waking people up and helping them feel mentally sharper, coffee has several health benefits in the brain. But, what is the long-term consequence of drinking coffee and can it be beneficial over time? Some studies suggest that drinking coffee can actually decrease the risk of developing dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The brain is one of the most important organs in the body. It is responsible for decision making, memory, personality and it also signals to other parts of the body to coordinate and regulate physiological responses.
As we age, the brain becomes more susceptible to degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Dementia is a larger term that describes any decline in mental ability that is sufficient to impact and interfere with normal daily life.
Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia and is characterized by problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Although the causes of dementia are still poorly understood, scientists believe that the proteins involved in nerve communication become tangled or build up plaques.
There is no cure for dementia. Current treatments only work by treating and delaying the development and progression of symptoms. The good news is drinking a cup of coffee a day may lower your risk of developing dementia.
Coffee lowers the risk of dementia
Coffee has several health benefits for your body including improving mood, memory, helping with weight loss and can lower your risk of several diseases including dementia. Longitudinal studies examining the effects of caffeine over time have shown a lower incidence of dementia in individuals who drink coffee, suggesting that drinking coffee may prevent or delay the onset of dementia.
Although the mechanisms are unclear it is thought that caffeine, the active ingredient in coffee, might be responsible for the protective effects against dementia. The protective effects of coffee might also be due to the anti-oxidants found in coffee or possibly the synergistic combination of both anti-oxidants and caffeine.
But, whatever the mechanism may be, it is reassuring to know that coffee, an integral part of most people’s morning routine may help prevent or delay the development of dementia.
A healthy lifestyle may reduce your risk of developing dementia
There are also other ways you can reduce your risk of developing dementia. This can be achieved by implementing healthy practices into your daily life. First, you need to make sure you are getting enough sleep and exercise.
Besides its health benefits, sleep is crucial to the quality of sleep and will allow you to achieve more restful sleep throughout the night. When you sleep, your body is able to recharge and recover for the next day. Sleep is also when you build muscle or synthesize more proteins in your body and is critical for warding off degenerative disease like dementia.
Although there is no cure for dementia, these are simple ways you can reduce your risk of developing dementia. Combining exercising and sleep with drinking coffee each day will not only improve your mood and memory each day but can keep your brain healthy over time. So, indulge guilt-free in your next cup of joe.