Sunday, March 04, 2007

Coffee, Good for the Brain

That cup of coffee that you are drinking may do you more good than just help get you through the morning meeting. Medical studies have associated regular coffee intake with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
A Harvard study found that coffee drinkers had one-third the Parkinson's disease risk of non-coffee drinkers. Another study published in Annals of Neurology evaluated more than 47,000 men and 88,000 women. It concluded that the subjects who drank 1-3 cups of coffee a day had a decreased risk of developing Parkinson's disease. A European study of patients over a 20 year period found that caffeine intake was associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease.

However - there's always a but - coffee can cause anxiety, headaches, heartburn and high blood pressure. It should be consumed moderately, and please consult your doctor if you have any questions.
References: please see link.
Photo: courtesy of oliverray.


Vijesh said...

Thats my cup of coffee! Thoughts & facts are refreshing! Doctor!

G said...

Thanks for info, i want to elaborate some points from

Many studies have been performed on the relationship between coffee consumption and many medical conditions, ranging from diabetes and cardiovascular disease to cancer and cirrhosis. Studies are contradictory as to whether coffee has any specific health benefits, and results are similarly conflicting with respect to negative effects of coffee consumption.In addition, it is often unclear whether these risks or benefits are linked to caffeine or whether they are to be attributed to other chemical substances found in coffee (and whether decaffeinated coffee carries the same benefits or risks).

One fairly consistent finding has been the reduction of diabetes mellitus type 2 in coffee consumers, an association that cannot be explained by the caffeine content alone and indeed may be stronger in decaffeinated coffee.

Recently, coffee was found to reduce the chances of developing cirrhosis of the liver: the consumption of 1 cup a day was found to reduce the chances by 20%, and 4 cups a day reduced the chances by 80%

Hope, the luck gives me a chance to have a cup of coffee with you.

P.S. What about A cup of Tea !!

Dr. Taraneh Razavi said...


The Harvard study also made the correlation with tea.

cafeholic said...

thanks for the info Dr. It makes my coffee even more special for me now!

Malena said...

Hi, I was wondering if you know who the artist is that did the piece at the top of your article? I really like it!

Anonymous said...

That's my coffee in my coffee mug!