Can Coffee Protect You from Parkinson’s Disease?

The debate about coffee’s brain health benefits have been underway for decades. But, new research may end the argument for good. And, coffee lovers will have yet another reason to celebrate over their cup of joe. The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that coffee may help prevent brain disease.

According to the scientists, there are 2 compounds in coffee that work together to reduce the substances in the brain that are linked to Parkinson’s disease (known as alpha-synuclein). You’ve already heard of one of the compounds—caffeine. But, chances are you’ve never heard of the other one: eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide (EHT). And, don’t worry if you can’t remember its name. You don’t need to recall its complex scientific name to start benefiting from its brain health properties.

In the past, caffeine has gotten most of the credit for java’s brain health benefits, but people who drank decaffeinated coffee often had similar benefits as those who opted for coffee with caffeine. While coffee has hundreds of phytochemicals, which are literally plant-based compounds that offer health benefits, the new study shows that EHT may be one of the main ones involved in the beverage’s brain benefits.

EHT is found in the naturally-occurring waxy coating on coffee beans. It is a fatty acid derivative of the brain messenger chemical known as serotonin. Earlier research published in the journal Neurotherapeutics found that it protects brain cells and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. The condition develops gradually and usually starts with barely noticeable tremors in one hand. Tremors are the most known sign of the disease, but the condition also causes stiffness or slowing of movement, lack of expression and slurred speed. While there is no known cure for the disease, diet and lifestyle may help slow the condition and improve quality of life for sufferers.

And your daily brew might not just help protect your brain, other research supports its anti-cancer benefits, too. According to a study published in the medical journal Scientific Reports, your daily cup of joe may significantly reduce your cancer risk. The scientists discovered that people who drank coffee on a daily basis had a reduced risk of seven different types of cancer, including: oral, pharynx, liver, colon, melanoma, prostate and endometrial cancers. And, coffee even reduced the risk of  liver cancer by a whopping 50 percent.

To truly benefit from coffee’s brain health effects you’ll need to make sure you choose organic beans or blends since many of the pesticides sprayed on coffee have neurotoxic effects (they are poisonous to brain cells). You’ll also want to stay clear of the artificial sweeteners since they have been linked to a whole host of health problems. And, forget loading up on sugar, trans-fat-loaded creamers and flavored syrups as they simply negate many of coffee’s benefits.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News, co-founder of BestPlaceinCanada and Scentsational Wellness, and a best-selling and 20-time book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your LifeFollow her work.



Yvonne T
Yvonne Tabout a month ago


Daniel N
Past Member 2 months ago

Thank you for sharing

Laurel B
Laurel Barrus2 months ago

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease nearly 4 years ago, at age 51. I had a stooped posture, tremors, muscle stiffness, sleeplessness, and slow movement. I was placed on Sinemet for 7 months and then Sifrol and rotigotine were introduced which replaced the Sinemet but I had to stop due to side effects. I was in denial for a while as there is no history of PD in my family. I also used amantadine, and physical therapy to strengthen muscles all failed. I decided to adopt a more natural approach and started on Parkinson's Herbal formula from Organic Herbal Clinic, the Parkinson's natural formula immensely helped my condition, i had a total recovery from PD with this natural herbal formula treatment. Organic Herbal Clinic official web site www . organicherbalclinic . com. I feel alive again!!

Christine S
Christine S2 months ago

please buy shade grown, organic, and fair trade coffee!

heather g
heather g2 months ago

It's best to check in the coffee producing countries. However, in some, they can't even afford to drink coffee in their early childhood years when they are made to work like slaves..

Christine S
Christine S2 months ago


Teresa W
Teresa W2 months ago

thank you

Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson2 months ago

Thank you.

Janis K
Janis K2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Anne G
Anne G2 months ago