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Last updated on Thursday, June 7, 2012
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Go ahead and have an extra cup of “joe” in the morning, it may help you in the long run.
A study from the University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute seems to indicate that drinking three cups of coffee a day may prevent the onset of Alzheimer's.
Dr. Martin Farlow of the IU Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders says there is plenty of data on the effects of caffeine. "Interestingly recently there's been evidence that it may actually improve the efficiency of glucose consumption in the brain, and glucose is a major fuel in the brain that allows the brain to think and to do all the things that it does".
Dr. Farlow says no one knows for sure why caffeine could help with the effects of Alzheimer's "Caffeine in animal experiments has been demonstrated to have some neuro-protective actions. It may literally help protect the neurons in the brain from the effects of Alzheimer's disease."
Dr. Farlow says there is also data that suggests caffeine helps with Parkinson's disease and the overall risk of death as you age.
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