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Caffeine in Coffee Found to Reduce Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

August 20,2015

Those that have developed their caffeine dependency early on in life might just be in luck. A nice warm cup of the caffeinated beverage might be beneficial in reducing the risk of a few different diseases.

While caffeine intake has already been associated to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, a more recent study shows that coffee intake may also protect against MS. The drug may be associated with having protective effects for the brain.

The recent discovery has been observed from two case-control studies. A Swedish study that compared the coffee drinking habits of 1,629 subjects with MS and 2,807 healthy people as well as a Kaiser Permanente Northern California study of 1,159 people with MS and 1,172 healthy people.

The researchers involved in the Swedish study found that coffee consumption was associated with reducing the odds of MS. The non-coffee drinkers actually had appeared to have approximately a one and a half times greater risk of developing the autoimmune disease than those who drank at least six cups of coffee a day during the year prior to symptoms onset.

In the second study, those who were non-coffee drinkers were also found to be around one and a half times more likely to develop MS than those that had consumed four or more cups of coffee a day.

 

It is only recently been viewed that caffeine is potentially beneficial. In the past it was seen as a health risk due to the tendency the drug has to temporarily increase heart rate and elevate blood pressure. Besides Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and newly discovered multiple sclerosis, coffee consumption has also been linked to lower the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, liver cancer and cirrhosis.