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No matter how you drink it — caffeinated or decaffeinated — coffee does more than get your day started off right. Drinking 3 to 5 cups of this popular beverage every day could make you 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s (AD) or other dementias in your later years.

Coffee cans the clumping that leads to AD. A jolt of java contains between 800 and 1,000 compounds — with caffeine being only one of them. Phenylindane is another and it may be helpful in preventing AD. Darker roasts of coffee appear to have higher concentrations of phenylindanes than lighter roasts.

Researchers at the University of Toronto believe phenylindane hinders the clustering of proteins called beta-amyloid and tau. Left unchecked, these proteins form plaques and tangles that can disrupt brain cell communication and lead to AD. Turn to page 74 of The Ageless Brain for Seniors: 1,001 Secrets to Keep Your Brain Young, Your Memory Sharp, and Your Mind Healthy for an entire chapter on the health benefits of coffee!


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  • FC&A Staff Writer