YOUR HABIT IS HEALTHY
A recent study on mild cognitive impairment (MCI) says that;
Moderate coffee consumption was associated to a reduced rate of the incidence of MCI (mild cognitive impairment). (Full Study)
In other words "A regular habit of drinking 2-3 cups of coffee per day can help reduce dementia" Well if a little is good then even more is better right? Not so much!!
As with most things moderation is the key and it turns out that more is not necessarily better in this case.
Another part of the study says:
Cognitively normal older individuals who increased their coffee consumption had a higher rate of developing MCI.
Moderation is indeed the key. Doubling your daily coffee intake will not necessarily help, in fact it may even hurt in this case.
This new study suggests that moderate daily consumption of coffee will help prevent mild cognitive impairment or MCI.
Here's what they found among the 1400+ folks they studied.
We evaluated 1,445 individuals recruited from 5,632 subjects, aged 65–84 year old, from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging.
- Cognitively normal older individuals who habitually consumed moderate amount of coffee (from 1 to 2 cups of coffee/day) had a lower rate of the incidence of MCI than those who never or rarely consumed coffee.
- For cognitively normal older subjects who changed their coffee consumption habits, those increasing coffee consumption (>1 cup of coffee/day) had higher rate of the incidence of MCI compared to those with constant habits or those with reduced consumption (<1 cup of coffee/day).
- Finally, there was no significant association between subjects with higher levels of coffee consumption (>2 cups of coffee/day) and the incidence of MCI in comparison with those who never or rarely consumed coffee.
What this study is really saying is the moderate consumption of coffee will help your mind over time. Not drinking coffee or drinking it like a college binge-drinker is not going to do you any favors.