In addition to improving the mood, it helps to wake up in the morning and so on, coffee has many other positive effects for our health.
What does it help with?
Previous studies have shown that coffee helps prolong life, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and cirrhosis. But recent research suggests that coffee also prevents Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Scientists at the University of New Jersey found that a particular substance in coffee, along with caffeine, prevents Parkinson’s disease and dementia. It is about two substances, caffeine and EXT, which prevent the accumulation of a toxic protein called alpha-synuclein.
Testing mice that were genetically exposed to the risks of both diseases have shown that caffeine has slowed down the precipitation of toxic proteins over a period of 6 months. Now, scientists hope that the combination of caffeine and EXT can turn into a drug that reduces the risk of these incurable diseases in humans.
The drugs that exist today can only alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but do not protect the brain from degeneration. There is also no cure for dementia.