Friday, November 28, 2014

Coffee may cut Alzheimer's risk

Finally, slurp, slurp, some good news. Or at least news I prefer to think is good, solid, and valid.

They had a big Alz conference in Europe and did a giant overview of studies--and moderate coffee drinking seemed to cut the incidence of Alzheimer's by 20%.

This means 3-5 cups a day.

Another plus: The Mediterranean Diet--dish, fresh fruits and veggies, olive oil, and red wine--is also associated with less risk of Alz.

Notice the word "associated." This means it is not a lead pipe cinch (where did that expression come from, I wonder).

In the case of java, the caffeine and polyphenols may prevent formation of those gooey amyloid plaques, which stop signal transmission along nerves. Coffee also reduces inflammation.

I once went on a press trip to Majorca and learned about the health benefits of olive oil.

Both coffee and more wine and olive oil seem like reasonable approaches to me.

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