That warm cup of coffee that kickstarts your brain every morning may have even more long-term brain benefits. A new study links coffee consumption to cognitive health. Specifically, scientists believe it may help protect you against developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
Although previous studies have made the connection between coffee and reduced Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s risks, a new team of scientists wanted to see if the type of roast made a difference. They tested light, dark, and decaffeinated dark roasts to see if one was more effective than the others. They were looking for the prevalence of phenylindanes, which are both found in coffee and known as being good for brain health. The theory was that the level of the compounds, not the roasting process itself, is the key. The research, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, points out that phenylindanes prevent the protein fragments common in both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.