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Drinking 6 Cups of Coffee Can Reduce Risk of MS

March 4, 2016

We have already known for some time that drinking coffee can reduce the risk of developing MS. Now, researchers have actually put a number on it, saying that drinking 6 cups a day will reduce the risk of developing the disease.

Caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant, has neuroprotective properties and can suppress the production of chemicals involved in the inflammatory response, which may explain the association found, suggest the researchers.

The findings add to the growing body of evidence indicating that coffee may be good for our health. The researchers base their findings on two representative population studies: one in Sweden comprising 1620 adults with MS and a comparison group of 2788, matched for age and sex and a US study comprising 1159 people with MS and 1172 healthy people.

The results showed that the risk of MS was consistently higher among those drinking fewer cups of coffee every day in both studies, even after taking account of potentially important influential factors, such as smoking, and weight during the teenage years.

The study appears online in Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.