Not only does the daily cup of coffee lift your spirits, but it can also help protect your brain from disease. Researchers at the Canadian Research Institute in Krembil in Toronto have recently discovered that consuming coffee reduces the likelihood of dementia, such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. The latest study goes one step further: dark roast coffee is particularly well suited for the prevention of malignant brain diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. This is the result of a Canadian study.
The results of the study were published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.
The main researchers focused on a specific group of components called phenylindans, which arise from the process of roasting coffee beans.
Drinking some coffee is good for brain health. To use coffee as a therapeutic agent, much more research is needed. But how does a popular hot drink support a cognitive function? However, it does not result from the caffeine content, but from the substances released when roasting coffee beans.
Strongly roasted coffee with caffeine, as well as a strong decaf roast and lightly roasted coffee with caffeine were studied. Strongly roasted varieties have developed, regardless of the caffeine content, a stronger protective effect on the brain.
Further tests have shown that the so-called phenylindans are responsible for the protective effect.
How do baked compounds protect our brain?
It is said that they inhibit the production of proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease (beta-amyloid and tau).
According to the researchers, roasted compounds in coffee ensure that less toxic proteins can bind to the brain. It does not require any synthesis in the laboratory and makes the drug so easy to manufacture and widely available. "Mother Nature is a much better chemist than us" – explained Dr. Ross Mancini, one of the leading researchers in the study, in a press release on the results of research.
Is coffee now a cure for dementia?
It has been known for some time that coffee should be healthy in moderation. These processes are very interesting, but it is still too early to declare that coffee is a medicine, warns the expert.