Coffee Cuts Risks of Brain Disorders


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Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests.


The drink has already been linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer's Disease, and a study by a US team for the Journal of Neuroinflammation may explain why.


A vital barrier between the brain and the main blood supply of rabbits fed a fat-rich diet was protected in those given a caffeine supplement.


UK experts said it was the "best evidence yet" of coffee's benefits.

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The "blood brain barrier" is a filter which protects the central nervous system from potentially harmful chemicals carried around in the rest of the bloodstream.


Other studies have shown that high levels of cholesterol in th




Caffeine is a safe and readily available drug and its ability to stabilise the blood brain barrier means it could have an important part to play in therapies against neurological disorders




Dr Jonathan Geiger
University of North Dakota


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