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Does Coffee Help Dementia? (I Forget)

Does Coffee Help Dementia? (I Forget)

I was overjoyed in August when The New York Times published an article debunking the scary myths (heart disease, hypertension, cancer, bone loss) that coffee has acquired over the years, the article explained that, in fact, coffee has been found to have health benefits! When I posted a story about it, Coffee: Good and Green (which also talks about how to brew the greenest cup), many commenters took me to task for supporting the healthfulness of coffee.

It’s a good debate. And for the sake of full disclosure, I admit that I am biased. I have a blinding, dire love for an aromatic, freshly-roasted, french-pressed, fair trade certified, steaming cup of coffee. So, in order to continue bolstering my side of the debate, I can’t help but talk about the latest New York Times article about coffee–this one which reports on a long-term study that found that subjects who drank three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia compared to those who drank two cups or less per day!

So now in addition to decreased risk of Parkinson’s disease and Type 2 diabetes, improved memory and ability to perform complex tasks, and enhanced aerobic endurance–we have a link suggesting a lowered dementia risk as well. So I’m going to stand by my coffee–but I really do want to hear what you think about it. Talk to me in the comments field, we’ll have a little coffee klatch.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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12:24PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

cute title

9:32AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Would that it were the case. Dementia is a very complex thing.

10:13AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

thank you - an interesting bit of information!

11:34AM PDT on Aug 3, 2012


4:35AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Nice one.....

11:47PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

good dont feel so guilty now, all in moderation maybe ?

4:08PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Salute to the morning cup of coffee.

1:00PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Hopefully it will work to keep my brain working !

7:19AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

thanks for?????????????????

9:36AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Thanks for the info.

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Cannot stop catalogs, I tried- recycle them.

This sounds just a bit too new agey for me, sorry.

All good. Thank you.


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