A recent study carried out at the University of South Florida finds that a "component of coffee" that has yet to be identified may be the reason that regular coffee intake can help prevent against Alzheimer's disease. Researchers believe that the mystery ingredient reacts with the caffeine in the beverage.
The new study adds support to the growing body of evidence that older adults and seniors who drink coffee on a regular basis are better protected against Alzheimer's. The caffeine in coffee accelerates blood flow, which triggers growth of the granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF).
"Caffeinated coffee provides a natural increase in blood GCSF levels," said lead researcher Dr. Chanhai Cao. "The exact way that this occurs is not understood. There is a synergistic interaction between caffeine and some mystery component of coffee that provides this beneficial increase in blood GCSF levels."
The research will be published in an online version of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease later this month.
This news may be of particular importance to middle aged persons who are planning their next step in life, whether that be independent living or retirement living.