Coffee consumption associated with lower risk of MS development

coffee2A study presented at the ’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, has illustrated the protective effects of against Multiple Sclerosis, (MS). Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems. MS takes several forms, with new symptoms either occurring in isolated attacks (relapsing forms) or building up over time (progressive forms). Between attacks, symptoms may disappear completely; however, permanent neurological problems often occur, especially as the disease advances.

The participants consisted of 1,629 people with MS compared to 2,807 healthy people from a Swedish study and participants in a U.S. study representing 1,159 people with MS and 1,172 healthy people. The study investigated consumption among people with MS one- five years before MS symptoms began in the U.S. study as well as 10 years prior to the development of MS symptoms in the Swedish study.

“Caffeine intake has been associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and our study shows that intake may also protect against MS, supporting the idea that the drug may have protective effects for the brain,” said Ellen Mowry, MD, MCR, with of Medicine in Baltimore and a member of the .

The findings revealed quite clearly that people who did not consume had a one and a half time increased risk of developing MS, compared to drinkers. consumption of 4-6 cups a day revealed a preventative effect in both the Swedish and the U.S. study.


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