If you enjoyed a latte or espresso for National Coffee Day, you may have extra reason to celebrate. Studies have show that coffee drinkers appear to have a delayed risk of mortality and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Coffee might even protect your brain, although the evidence is not consistent. More research is needed to learn whether the perceived benefits are due to coffee or to other shared characteristics of coffee drinkers. And the effects of coffee and its safety appear to vary from person to person, so we need to learn more about who might benefit the most. To learn more about the potential benefits of coffee and caffeine, read our ratings and updated report.
Dr. Penny Dacks was previously the Director of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention at the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. She was trained in neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the University of Arizona, and Queen's University (Canada) with individual fellowships from the National Institute of Health, the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Foundation, the ARCS Foundation and the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation. She has authored over 18 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Gerontological Society of America, the Endocrine Society and the Association for Women in Science.
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