Crosswords and Caffeine: A Mental Health Double Whammy

Good news! Drinking coffee can help prevent neurodegenerative diseases. As an avid coffee drinker (an average of 3 cups per day), I can’t help but get excited over the news:

Granted, I do have caffeine pills for when I don’t have time to make or buy coffee, but I definitely prefer the latter. The story goes on:

Regular consumption of caffeine over the long-term has been linked to lower incidences of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease in humans and lesser memory dysfunction and neurodegeration in animals…

More than 20 international studies on the link between caffeine and neurodegenerative disorders are published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Research, which devoted an entire issue to the subject.

It appears that rather than improving memory, caffeine actually prevents mental deterioration. Sure, there can be too much of a good thing, but that can vary per individual, yet the studies suggest moderate use—about 4 cups per day.

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