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Coffee 'can cut Alzheimer's risk'

9th February 2007

Drinking three cups of coffee every day can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.

Scientists suggested the caffeine found in coffee could spark a chain reaction in the brain which counters cognitive decline.

The research, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was based on a ten-year study of 676 men from Finland, Italy and the Netherlands who were born between 1900 and 1920.

"Drinking three cups a day was associated with the smallest cognitive decline," the researchers told the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, according to the Metro.

"Because of the worldwide use of coffee and ageing populations, these results could have important public health implications."

Alzheimer's Scotland welcomed the development but told Scotland's Daily Record it wass too soon to say if coffee "is anything more than a pleasant pick-me-up".

According to the Alzheimer's Society, there are over 750,000 people in the UK suffering from dementia.