A new study shows that caffeine intake in older women may lead to a lower risk of dementia diagnosis. Conducted by Dr. Ira Driscoll, of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a team of researchers, the study was designed to determine whether caffeine could delay or assist in preventing dementia and cognitive decline. Data was gathered over 10 years from a participant group of approximately 6,500 women (ages of 65-80) from the Women's Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS). The research team's findings suggest that drinking over 261 milligrams of caffeine (about three 8-oz cups of coffee with 95 mg of caffeine) reduces the risk of dementia by 36 percent. Every reason to have that third cup.
Previous studies have reported that the psychostimulant properties of caffeine may reduce cognitive decline in older women who had no signs of dementia. One drawback of this new study is that coffee consumption data was recorded by the participants rather than monitored in a controlled, laboratory environment. But for now, go ahead have another cup. The contribution of coffee to your health and longevity might not be definitively proven but it certainly adds pleasure to your daily routine.
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