Coffee is the king of drinks if you want to keep your memory sharp
Coffee is great for charging up your nervous system before a gym session, but new research suggests it could help to develop brains as well as brawn. According to a report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, drinking three to five cups every day can improve memory and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life by up to 20%. This is because coffee contains high levels of compounds called polyphenols, which reduce inflammation and decrease the deterioration of cells in the areas of the brain responsible for memory. The report also found that caffeine can help prevent the formation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, both of which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Stick to home-made Americanos – with optional added metabolism-boosting coconut oil – and avoid sugar-packed coffee-shop lattes.