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New studies have revealed that caffeinated coffee can protect against Alzheimer's, diabetes, depression and prostate related cancers

Recent studies suggests consuming caffeinated coffee beverages daily might defend against developing Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, prostate related cancer, some forms of depression and more, according to reports from Science Daily.

Animal research at the University of Florida had uncovered an ingredient within the coffee that interacts with the caffeine and increases blood levels of the granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF), a growth factor that deters the production of beta amyloid plaques, which are thought to be the causative factor in Alzheimer's disease. Researchers revealed that daily drinking of caffeinated coffee by middle-aged and elderly people markedly decreases the risk of developing the disease.

Alzheimer's and coffee

Treatment with caffeinated coffee has show to increase the memory capacity in Alzheimer's mice. Animals were fed with drip coffee but currently, scientists are unsure of the actual effects of other forms such as instant coffee on the brain. Similar positive responses were not apparent in mice treated with decaffeainated coffee or caffeine in other forms.

While testing was completed on mice, researchers posses soon-to-be-released clinical evidence indicating coffee's capability to protect humans from the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.

It reveals that four to five cups of caffeinated coffee a day are required to replicate the increase in GCSF and defend against Alzheimer's. This capacity may appear high for the average American coffee drinker, that drinks around 1.5 to 2 cups daily. Researchers say that using coffee to protect against Alzheimer's should begin in early to middle age, usually around 30-50 years old; however, older people are also inclined to benefit from drinking caffeinated coffee daily.

Additional benefits from consuming coffee

Coffee is well known to be rich in antioxidants and other  anti-inflammatory agents, which can give the body when combined with additional substances may increase cognitive function to protect the brain; it also may protect from other age related diseases such as Type II diabetes, depression, stroke, and Parkinson's. Research also indicated that coffee may help fight against breast, skin and prostate cancers.

Reports in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry talk about the effects of caffeine in coffee in relation to the prevention of Type II diabetes. Animal studies performed on mice showed  caffeinated coffee to assist in the control of blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity, lowering the occurance of developing the disease. Coffee also can trigger other beneficial changes in their bodies, even further reducing the risk of diabetes. Studies reveal that it is the caffeine in coffee that acts as an anti-diabetic compound.

Consuming two to three cups of caffeinated coffee per day might also reduced the risk of depression in females by 15%, according to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine -- and furthermore, others who drink four or more cups per day have revealed an even larger reduction in their risk of developing depression. Caffeine has show to effect brain chemicals and is also known to release mood-altering transmitters.

Further studies at the Harvard School of Public Health indicate that males who consume six cups of coffee per day have a 20 to 60 percent decreased risk of developing many forms of prostate related cancers. The research has been published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and suggested that even smaller amounts of coffee consumption can reduce the risk of prostate cancers.

Many people are naturally sensitive to the effects of consuming caffeine and becoming nervous, jittery or unable to sleep. As with all good things, moderation is advised. Prior to introducing caffeinated coffee drinking to your diet or greatly increasing the existing quantities, consult a health care practitioner for a general check-up and for the sake of your own health and safety.