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Drink More Coffee to Cut Your Risk of Dementia

If your day runs on Dunkin’, you may be cutting your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease by about 20%.

Both caffeine and polyphenols, compounds found in high quantities in coffee, have a protective effect on the brain, according to a new report presented at the Alzheimer Europe Annual Congress.

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Polyphenols fight inflammation and the deterioration of brain cells, and caffeine prevents amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles—both of which are strongly linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease—from forming in the brain.

But to be safe, stick to no more than three daily java hits: Other recent studies have found that drinking four or more cups a day could decrease bone density; increase indigestion, palpitations, tremors, headaches, and insomnia; and even raise your risk of death slightly if you’re under 55.

Drink responsibly!

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