Myth vs. Fact: Coffee vs. Wine

You drink coffee, tea and other beverages at least three times a day — with the biggest risk, experts say, coming from alcohol. “Coffee may have some protective effects,” said Heather Staab, spokesperson for…

Myth vs. Fact: Coffee vs. Wine

You drink coffee, tea and other beverages at least three times a day — with the biggest risk, experts say, coming from alcohol.

“Coffee may have some protective effects,” said Heather Staab, spokesperson for the American Academy of Neurology.

But you still may want to avoid drinking alcohol. Some research suggests it might be the major reason a person develops cognitive impairment, like forgetfulness, in older age.

Low-dose caffeine, like what is found in coffee, has been shown to lower the risk of stroke, Staab said. But don’t look for immediate effects.

“You have to be really careful about the type of caffeine you’re using — and make sure that it is caffeine that is found in an under-the-ground capsule, and not the stimulants found in a coffee bean,” Staab said.

Experts say it is also important to consult with your doctor before any substances you might take that can impact your mental abilities.

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