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Report spruiks the brain health benefits of coffee

Another study has reinforced the possible health benefits of coffee, this one claiming that it may reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

New research from the Krembil Brain Institute in Canada shows that coffee could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

“Coffee consumption does seem to have some correlation to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease,” Dr Donald Weaver, co-director of the Krembil Brain Institute said in a statement.

“But we wanted to investigate why that is – which compounds are involved and how they may impact age-related cognitive decline.”

Researchers studied the effects of different blends and roasts and found that darker roast better protected against cognitive decline.

Even decaffeinated dark roasts had positive effects, so it's not just caffeine that promotes positive long-term health outcomes.

Compounds known as phenylindanes found in coffee are known to prevent two proteins common in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s from clumping.

Darker roasts have higher quantities of phenylindanes and lower levels of caffeine.

“It’s the first time anybody’s investigated how phenylindanes interact with the proteins that are responsible for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” said Dr Mancini.

“It’s interesting, but are we suggesting that coffee is a cure? Absolutely not.

“The next step would be to investigate how beneficial these compounds are, and whether they have the ability to enter the bloodstream, or cross the blood-brain barrier.”

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I'm very very happy to read this Leon and will continue with my 2 cups a day.

The only thought I had about a possible downside was if coffee was bad for the kidneys.  As I rarely drink a lot of anything else perhaps this may be a hidden trap.  I'm sure research will come out with anything later on if applicable.  Until then I'll have sugar (ouch) with that.

Bad for your liver more like it.

My day does't start until I have had at least two cups of coffee. Used to be a couple of cigarettes too, but I packed them in 16 years ago, maybe thats why I'm still here!!                                                                                                                 

You've just won me a bet MICK, thanks. I bet my wife you would be the first to post and you did. That's a pint or 3 I owe you.

What about Malcolm Turnbull?

"Another study has reinforced the possible health benefits of coffee, this one claiming that it may reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease."

Yep, I can well believe that especially after reading the effect it had on some Ethiopian goats. 

Legend has it that Kaldi, a lonely goat herder in ninth-century Ethiopia, discovered the energising and invigorating effects of coffee when he saw his goats getting excited after eating some berries from a tree. Kaldi told the abbot of the local monastery about this and the abbot came up with the idea of drying and boiling the berries to make a beverage. He threw the berries into the fire, whence the unmistakable aroma of what we now know as coffee drifted through the night air. The now roasted beans were raked from the embers, ground up and dissolved in hot water: so was made the world’s first cup of coffee.

Who am I to argue with Kaldi?

And there's me thinking it was MICK that dicovered coffee, how wrong could I be.

Love the story of Kaldi, Micha. You learn something every day:)

Hope the researchers are right because I love coffee in any thing!

I thought the Italians invented coffee, at least that's what my nonna used to tell me!

Your nonna was partly correct Ray. The Italians brought espresso to Australia. That was a good day my friend.

I admit to being addicted to coffee after stopping smoking, so I hope the reports are correct.





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Coffee will dehydrate your liver, and does not have anymore benefits than a good wholefood diet with lots of veg and fruit. I would suspect that this is coming form the coffee industry who are out to protect their own interests. 

One of the best things I ever did was give up coffee, save heaps of money, sleep better, a much calmer person than I was, and no cravings.

A British Liver Trust report (published June 2016)  ‘Coffee and the liver – the potential health benefits’ confirms coffee is good for liver health. It is the first time that the entire body of current research and evidence has been reviewed and compiled into a single report.

The report provides evidence that:

Regularly drinking moderate amounts of coffee may prevent liver cancer – the World Health Organisation has recently confirmed this reduced risk after reviewing more than 1,000 studies in humans

Coffee also lowers the risk of other liver conditions including fibrosis (scar tissue that builds up within the liver) and cirrhosis

Drinking coffee can slow the progression of liver disease in some patients.


If you're worried about your liver..having a healthy intake of water daily helps!

Off to have a caffe macchiato and a toasted cheese and lean bacon sandwich. My liver gave me permission!


Sophie, sorry I don't believe in that research you cited. Water alone does not cure liver problems, lots of fresh fruit and raw juicy vegies can make a big difference, and no coffee or alcohol helps a lot. I have been reading "Liver Rescue" by Anthony Williams it is a real eye opener, you can't make it up what he writes. I don't need coffee industry funded research.