Not only does it help the daily coffee cup, it can also help protect the brain from diseases. Researchers at the Canadian Cancer Research Institute in Toronto recently found that coffee consumption reduces the likelihood of developing dementia such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. The latest study goes one step further: Dark roasted coffee is especially suitable for preventing malignant brain diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. It is the result of a Canadian study.
The results of the study were published in the journal "Frontiers in Neuroscience".
Chief investigators focused on a specific group of ingredients called phenylindans produced as a result of the roasting process of coffee beans.
Drinking some coffee is good for the health of the brain. To be able to use coffee as a therapeutic means, much more research is required. But how does the popular hot drink support the cognitive function? However, this is not due to the caffeine, but to substances released during roasting of the coffee beans.
A strong roasted caffeine-free coffee, as well as a strong caffeine-free decaffeinated coffee was examined. The heavily roasted varieties developed regardless of the caffeine content, a stronger protective effect on the brain.
Further tests showed that so-called phenylindans are responsible for the protective effect.
How do the stews protect our brains?
These are said to inhibit the production of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's related proteins (beta-amyloid and tau).
According to researchers, the roasted compounds in coffee ensure that less toxic proteins can bind to the brain. This requires no synthesis in the laboratory and makes the drug so easy to produce and widely available. "Mother Nature is a much better chemist than us," explains Dr. Ross Mancini, one of the leading researchers in the study, in a press release on the study results.
Is coffee now a cure for dementia?
The fact that coffee should be healthy in moderation has been known for some time. These processes are very interesting, but it is still too early to declare coffee as a cure, warns the expert.