Coffee has long been thought to have some health benefits.
Last year it was found that drinking three cups of stuff was good for your heart.
And now, scientists say, it's also good for your brain, Sun. reports.
A new study by experts at the Krembil Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, found that the morning cup of Joe can help protect you against both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Coffee consumption seems to have a certain correlation with a low risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, said Dr. Donald Weaver, co-director of the Brain Krembil Institute.
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But we wanted to investigate why this is – the involved compounds and how they can affect the cognitive decline of age. "
Interestingly, however, caffeine is not pleased.
Scientists have discovered that both coffee and decaffeinated coffee have similar beneficial properties.
The team investigated three types of coffee: light steak, dark roast and deoefine roast.
"Dark caffeine and decoferrin cakes had identical potencies in our initial experimental tests," said Dr. Ross Mancini, a research team member.
"So I noticed that its protective efficacy can not be due to caffeine."
Dr. Mancini then identified a group of compounds known as phenylindan, which are a product of the roasting process.
They have been found to inhibit the two protein fragments that are common in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
"It's the first time someone investigates how phenylindans interact with proteins that are responsible for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's," Dr. Mancini explained.
The next step would be to investigate how beneficial these compounds are and whether they have the ability to enter the bloodstream or cross the blood-brain barrier.
The best thing, scientists say, was that they are natural chemicals.
"Mother Nature is a much better chemist than we are and Mother Nature is capable of making these compounds. If you have a complicated compound, it is better to grow it in a crop, harvest the crop, cut it extract than try to do them, "said Dr. Weaver.
But before any discussion of alternative treatments is made, more research needs to be done.
Dr. Weaver concluded that the study seemed to demonstrate that certain compounds in coffee can be useful to avoid cognitive decline.
"It's interesting, but do we suggest that coffee is a cure? Absolutely not."
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was republished here with permission.
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