Posted Mon Jun 10, 2013, 5:24am Subject: New York Times: Coffee may be good for your Brain...
...but I knew that, because I drink coffee.
The New York Times published an article on 9 July 2013 titled "This Is Your Brain on Coffee" that mentions a list of credible research studies in humans and in animals, all of which suggest that there are neurologic and cognitive benefits to regularly drinking coffee.
It is a short article and I would like to paste it in its entirety here, but copyright considerations forbid me to do so, so here is the link: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/06/this-is-your-brain-on-coffee/ The NYT allows a certain number of article views per month without a subscription.
The article starts out by mentioning a 13-year study involving 400,000 volunteers. There was greater longevity for coffee-drinkers than abstainers (10% for men, 13% for women). Easy to gloss over, the language of the article summarizes this as a correlation of unknown mechanism, not a statistically significant cause.
The article is not a scientific analysis of the studies ('meta-analysis') and it is not refereed. It is, of course, biased to make a positive journalistic viewpoint but, in my own perusal of scientific literature on coffee and caffeine, one is hard-pressed to find any negative news associated with coffee-drinking these days (dependency notwithstanding).
The article goes on to mention studies that address the general health effects of coffee, animals studies that suggest regeneration of impaired memory, studies suggesting a decrease in Alzheimers incidence (I follow this closely), and studies that attempt to isolate the positive effects of caffeine versus whole brewed coffee.
The last paragraph of the article starts with the expected caveat: "There’s still much to be learned about the effects of coffee." So, keep drinking and maybe someday you will be a valuable (and hopefully enhanced) datapoint in our quest for the good life.
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