The famous saying goes, too much of a good thing is bad. Few other things in this world fit this description as well as coffee does. In moderation, coffee is beneficial for aging, brain health, and cardiovascular health. But if you drink too much of it, coffee becomes quite harmful. The largest study yet to investigate the link between brain health and caffeine confirmed this fact once again. According to the research, drinking coffee in excess increases the risk of dementia and even reduces one’s brain volume.
A new study links an excessive coffee habit to dementia and stroke
The research was conducted at UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health at SAHMRI. The experimenters reviewed 17,702 participants in the age range of 37 to 73, connecting their coffee drinking habits with their brain health. Shockingly, those participants who drank 6 or more cups of coffee every day had a 53% higher risk of dementia.
Kitty Pham, the leading researcher of the study, stated the following about their findings: “Accounting for all possible permutations, we consistently found that higher coffee consumption was significantly associated with reduced brain volume – essentially, drinking more than six cups of coffee a day may be putting you at risk of brain diseases such as dementia and stroke.”
No need to stop drinking coffee altogether
This research may seem like bad news to all coffee drinkers, but it’s important to note that only excessive consumption of coffee comes with these increased brain health risks. Another Australian researcher, Prof Elina Hyppönen, stated the following about the study: “This research provides vital insights about heavy coffee consumption and brain health, but as with many things in life, moderation is the key.”
So, instead of giving up your morning cup of coffee, the researchers urge coffee drinkers to consume caffeine in moderation. This is an easy change to make for most people, especially considering that both dementia and stroke are on the rise worldwide. So, as long as you keep your coffee-drinking habit below 6 cups a day and stay hydrated throughout the day, you have nothing to fear. Previous studies also suggest that having 1-2 cups of coffee a day doesn’t have any health risks.
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