Friday, February 27, 2015

Another Reason to Drink Coffee: It Can Reduce Your Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

That's right, a new medical study has shown that coffee might help reduce the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. It will be presented at the 67th Annual Meeting for the American Academy of Neurology in D.C. What is Multiple Sclerosis? 

An estimated 2.3 million people around the world have Multiple Sclerosis, a chronic disease that affects the Central Nervous System (which includes the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves). It is said that MS is auto-immune, which means that the immune system induced inflammation in the protective coating of the nerve fibers, which are called myelin. 

In the past, we've heard about coffee helping reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, skin cancer, and other forms of cancer as well.  

A doctor from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Ellen Mowry, and her colleagues studied data from two different population-based studies and analyzed the connection between coffee consumption and MS. 

Their first study was from Sweden and included over 1600 people with MS and then 2800 healthy people; the second study was from the United States and has 1100+ people with MS and another 1100+ that were healthy. 

The results of the study from Sweden found that the people who did not drink coffee during the year before the onset of MS symptoms were 1.5x more likely to eventually develop MS, versus the people who consumed 6+ cups of coffee per day. 

The research also found that people who consumed coffee had a protective effect against MS during the five to ten years prior to the onset of MS symptoms. 

Don't slack on your coffee consumption, now that science is finding all these health benefits! To be sure you have enough coffee on hand, shop Coffeevines - a Chicago K-Cup coffee retailer. 

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