Like red wine, coffee is often a controversial beverage topic among health and longevity experts. But evidence keeps piling on that drinking these dark brews is a boon for the aging brain. That said, when it comes to coffee, as with wine, moderation is key. A new large-scale study of Italians aged 65 to 84 found that those who drank 1 to 2 cups of coffee per day "had a lower rate of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) than those who never or rarely drank the brew."

That said, the researchers warn against developing a late-in-life love of java, because they found that seniors who increased their coffee intake by a cup or more daily had an increased rate of MCI.

The bottom line? Savor 1 to 2 cups of coffee per day not only for their taste and perk, but also because caffeine minimizes the brain's amyloid protein plaques (fragments linked to Alzheimer’s disease) and boosts insulin sensitivity. Do the older people in your life show an association between coffee intake and brain health?


HealthDay: Regular, Moderate Coffee Drinking Tied to Better Brain Health in Seniors