Updated: Nov 2
There is a growing body of research suggesting that coffee consumption may be associated with prevention of certain neurological diseases. Some of the key neurological conditions that have been studied in relation to coffee consumption include Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and stroke. *However, it's important to note that the research in this area is complex, and research findings vary*. It's also crucial to understand like so many things in health and life that there is a dose response relationship meaning that more does not necessarily mean better. Let's go through a brief rundown of what's actually showing up in the research more and more.
1. Parkinson's Disease
Several studies have suggested that regular coffee consumption may be associated with a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Caffeine, a key component of coffee, is believed to play a role in this potential protective effect. It is thought to affect adenosine receptors in the brain, which are involved in various neurological processes.
2. Alzheimer's Disease:
Some research has indicated that coffee consumption might have a protective effect against Alzheimer's disease. The antioxidants and other bioactive compounds in coffee are thought to have potential neuroprotective properties. However, more research is needed to establish a clear link.
Some studies have suggested that moderate coffee consumption may be associated with a lower risk of stroke. Again, the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, but it's thought that the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of coffee may contribute to cardiovascular health. 4. ADHD: Here's an important reference: "Caffeine may help to improve symptoms of ADHD. Since caffeine is a stimulant, there is the possibility that it might help enhance focus and motivation in those with ADHD. Some research on adults with ADHD suggests that caffeine may improve reaction time, vigilance, and logical reasoning". Coffee is one area where I like to work nutritionally with high performing adults as it is so often a component of both anxiety and on the flip side reward & production.
Take these findings cautiously, as individual responses to coffee can vary, and other lifestyle factors can influence the development of neurological diseases. This is also where working with us personally can have Incredibly high value! Additionally, excessive caffeine intake may have adverse effects on health, including sleep disturbances, increased heart rate, worsened arrhythmias including Afib, tachycardia as well as worsened anxiety.
The relationship between coffee consumption and neurological diseases is an active area of research, and please don't take this as blanket of ice especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or concerns.
One last thing, it's important to note that many of the coffee beverages consumed in our modern society are terrible for us in terms of carbohydrate content unhealthy fats et cetera. Be cautious. My favorite is whole soy milk in fresh brewed coffee made without any plastics whatsoever. No milks or creamers with seed oils, and a few grams of sugar or honey. Love my French press! As always maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity and a plant based carbohydrate controlled diet, remains crucial for overall well-being.
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