I’m not a coffee drinker. But most of my patients enjoy a cup or two every morning. So I still like to report on the subject whenever it comes up.
And it does, quite often, actually. Because contrary to what a lot of people might think, coffee isn’t just okay for you. It’s a bona fide health beverage.
I’ve shared a number of its benefits with you in the past — diabetes prevention, liver protection, cancer risk reduction, healthier arteries, even tinnitus relief. But one thing I haven’t touched much on is the boost coffee offers your brain.
And no, I don’t just mean the jolt of mental energy it gives you first thing in the morning…
It’s not the caffeine in your cup, but the hue of your brew
Researchers at the Krembil Brain Institute recently set out to investigate the effects that three types of coffee — light roast, dark roast, and decaf dark roast — have on brain health and age-related cognitive decline.
Initial experiments showed that caffeinated and decaf dark roasts both offered equally powerful protection. So the next step was to figure out why.
Turns out, a class of compounds called phenylindanes are responsible for the observed brain benefits. These compounds are byproducts of the coffee roasting process. And experiments show that they can block the build-up of beta amyloid and tau — two proteins implicated in both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
This being the case, it seems that it’s not the amount of caffeine in your cup that matters, but the color of your brew that counts. And dark roasts are always going to deliver higher amounts of phenylindanes — along with the added cognitive protection they confer.
The study authors are quick to point out that coffee is no dementia cure. But there’s little question that it’s at least a beneficial weapon to have in the fight. And one that couldn’t possibly be easier to work into your everyday routine.
And it’s a good thing, too. Because while Big Pharma will almost certainly find a way to copy, patent, and sell coffee’s active chemicals at a premium price, there would be mutiny in the streets before they’d ever get away with taking your morning joe!
So drink up — the darker, the better. And if you haven’t already, check out my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. In the upcoming December issue, I’ll be talking about a breakthrough discovery that could transform our approach to Alzheimer’s prevention.
And needless to say, no one can afford to miss it.
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