Higher coffee consumption linked with improved brain health

25 November 2021

Research suggests that a higher coffee consumption is linked with slower changes in memory. The scientific publication, Frontiers, published the study.

Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK said:
Sara comments on morning sleep and dementia“As one of the nation’s favourite drinks, it’s not surprising many are curious about the impact their daily cup of coffee has on their brain health.

“Studies like this one can provide useful clues about the effects of diet on our brain health, but we must be careful when interpreting the results as we know many other factors are at play when it comes to dementia risk.

“This study is not able to pinpoint cause and effect, and no firm conclusions can be drawn about whether coffee has any impact on dementia risk. Participants only reported coffee consumption at the start of the study, so it’s not clear how relevant the findings are to long-term brain health.

“Future research into long-term outcomes is needed to further understand the benefits of regular coffee consumption. In the meantime, the best way to keep your brain healthy as you age is to stay physically and mentally active, eat a healthy balanced diet, not smoke, drink only within the recommended limits and keep weight, cholesterol and blood pressure in check.”

You can read the full paper ‘Higher Coffee Consumption Is Associated With Slower Cognitive Decline and Less Cerebral Aβ-Amyloid Accumulation Over 126 Months: Data From the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers, and Lifestyle Study’ in Frontiers.