Preventing Multiple Sclerosis With Coffee

March 2, 2015


The autoimmune disease known as multiple sclerosis (MS) can be devastating even when treated.

It causes inflammation in the immune system, which in turn affects our nerves. This way it can do some serious damage to our brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.

With over 2 million people in the world suffering from MS, awareness and cure efforts are ever so vigilant.

However, a recent study has shown that this awful disease may have an enemy where we least expected it to be – in coffee.

Just Another Benefit

Before we get to how coffee is actually capable of stopping MS, let us remind you that research in the past proved that coffee can protect us from many neurologic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

As for the latest study, the research team led by Dr. Ellen Mowry, MD, analyzed the data from two studies which were testing the link between multiple sclerosis and coffee consumption. And according to both previous studies, people with MS who consumed coffee actually delayed the disease’s symptoms 1-10 years.

Keep Both Eyes Open

After testing every possible theory, the research team also found that subjects with multiple sclerosis who didn’t drink coffee in the year before their symptoms first appeared were 1.5 times more susceptible to developing MS.

Here’s how Dr. Mowry explains the team’s findings: “Caffeine has neuroprotective properties and seems to suppress the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which may be mechanisms that explain the observed association.”

Although coffee brings certain risks, the latest findings certainly shine a light over your favorite morning drink.

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