It’s now official.

Older women who drink three cups of coffee a day were found to have less mental deterioration over 4 years time than women who drank one cup or less.

This does not necessarily mean that coffee (which is known to have anti oxidant properties) might be one way to slow down Alzherimers disease, but the finding is interesting.

It is known that coffee drinking cuts the rate of diabetes, probably related to it’s effects in increasing energy and decreasing appetite. Coffee drinking also is a way to treat mild depression, and depression is also noted to cause a slow down in thinking.

There is evidence that coffee drinkers (but not decaf) have less heart disease. Is it the anti oxident link? And coffee drinkers got fewer gallstones in one study.

Of course, over doing the coffee also makes people jittery and can cause anxiety.

And since the study is done on French women, there are cultural and dietary factors that might have an influence on the study.

On the other hand, coffee is also associated with an increased sex drive–at least in female rats.

Or as one old romantic song went: So let’s have a cuppa coffee, and let’s have another pice of pie…

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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