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Coffee drinking both a bane and a boost to brain health

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Researchers claim to have found a link between coffee and dementia.

However, small amounts of it could result in better brain health for seniors.

The study appearing in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease linked patterns of coffee consumption with risks to “mild cognitive impairment,” or MCI.

Researchers said MCI is considered a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Dr. Vincenzo Solfrizzi of the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Italy helped lead the study, which looked at the coffee drinking of 1,445 Italians who were between the ages of 65 and 84.

He said those seniors who rarely drank or increased their drinking of coffee had a higher risk of developing MCI.

However, those who drank one or two cups per day had a lower rate of MCI.

The authors said that mouse studied suggested that caffeine may have a neuroprotective effect on minimizing the effects of damaging protein plaques, which are associated with Alzheimer’s.

They said that while moderate levels of caffeine seem to boost memory in mice, higher doses could be counterproductive.

To read more about the study, check out more in the journal here.

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