According to statisticbrain.com, more than 50% of Americans start their day off with a cup or two of coffee. Whether you’re sipping it peacefully reading the newspaper, or grabbing it to go from your favorite coffee shop, people turn to coffee for fuel to jumpstart their day. What if I told you drinking coffee everyday could help fight multiple sclerosis?
According to an article published recently by Multiple Sclerosis News Today , a study done in Sweden showed drinking high amounts of caffeine, like four to six cups a day, can help keep your brain healthy and offer protection from several diseases including MS. The Swedish researchers stated that “Caffeine has neuro-protective properties and seems to suppress the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which may be mechanisms that explain the observed association”.
A second source sited in this article, also connected tea into the mix. A Scientific American article published in 2015 started that not only did they find coffee to help keep y our brain healthy, but also tea. The article did not specify if there was a certain type of teas.
In the same article, the authors sited a study in Japan also found that just smelling certain types of coffee beans can help relax you. The study found that sniffing Guatemalan and Jamaican Blue coffee, as well as dark roasts beans will release alpha waves in the brain, helping you to reach a stat of relaxation. The study also found that Brazilian Santos, Hawaiian Kona, and Sumatra beans helped increased your brain’s data processing speeds.
I’m not much of a coffee drinker and when I do I tend to choose decaffeinated, (I know, why bother drinking it) and iced, but it made me wonder if even the small amount of caffeine in decaf coffee could help. Or if there was a difference if the coffee was hot or iced. I’ve recently turned to green and black teas, again iced, but there is more caffeine in those than decaf coffee, so that’s a plus for me.
Do you drink coffee or tea? Will you start now? If you already drink it, will you start drinking more?
Vanessa is a 28 year old living in Massachusetts with her husband and 7 year old Puggle, named Rocky. She currently works in an elementary school and as a fitness instructor and health/fitness coach. She was diagnosed in April of 2014 with relapse-remitting MS and is currently taking Tecfidera. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and traveling.