As the executive director of the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), I am always on the lookout for brain-healthy foods. I scan grocery aisles for chocolate bars with more than 70 percent cocoa, feel that I’m stimulating my brain when I down my morning coffee and even feel virtuous when drinking a glass or two of red wine. Turns out all my assumptions have been wrong.
There's been a lot of good news lately about coffee's health benefits, how it protects against cancer and other diseases, but America's favorite wake-up drink can also keep some common medications from working properly.
So you're driving to some far-flung relative's home for the holidays and halfway there you start feeling sleepy. Do you pull over for some coffee? Pull over and take a short nap?
Are you like me, incapable of human interaction until you've had that first cup (or three) of coffee? Don't feel bad. We're not caffeine addicts, we're just protecting ourselves against Alzheimer's disease.
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