How Drinking Coffee Prevents Parkinson’s Disease.
Coffee is a widely popular drink, which has been unfairly demonized in the past. In reality, it is actually very healthy. Truth is, coffee is a major source of antioxidants in the Western diet. It’s also associated with many health benefits, which includes a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and liver disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic disorder of the central nervous system. It’s characterized by the death of nerve cells in the brain that secrete dopamine and are important for muscle movement.
Parkinson’s affects movement and this usually include tremors. There is no known cure for this disease, that is why prevention particularly important.
Interestingly, studies show that coffee may help prevent this disease.
A large review research shows that a 29% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease in people who drank three cups of coffee per day. Consuming five cups didn’t appear to add much benefit, indicating that more is not necessarily better.
The caffeine in coffee seems to be the active ingredient responsible for these protective effects. Caffeine affects the central nervous system in several ways. However, the effects are mainly believed to stem from the way caffeine interacts with adenosine receptors.
Adenosine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that promotes sleep.