Jakarta Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and the University of California, Berkeley, found other benefits of coffee. According to them, drinking coffee six times a day to prevent the risk of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
As reported Dailymail, Friday (04/03/2016), the study involved 1,620 adults with MS and 2,788 comparison group of people without MS. The second group included 1,159 people with MS and 1,172 healthy people.
In both studies, the researchers then estimated the intake of coffee before the onset of symptoms of MS compared to the healthy group. Experts are not sure why coffee protects against the disease. But caffeine is suspected to reduce the risk of MS by 30 percent.
In coffee there may be neuroprotective properties that have been proven to encourage resposn inflammation in the body, researchers said.
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MS is a neurological condition that causes paralysis. In Indonesia, the disease is relatively rare. The disease is usually diagnosed in their productive age, between 15-50 years old. In the last 1.5 years in RSCM there were about 14 people were diagnosed with the disease.
This condition most often affects women than men, causing loss of mobility, vision problems, fatigue and excruciating pain.
However, research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry is considered only an observational study so there is no cause and effect conclusions.
Regardless of whether the consumption of coffee has the benefit of preventing the disease, in this study we see the effects of coffee for 5-10 years, the researchers said.
In an accompanying editorial, Elaine Kingwell and Jose Maria Andreas wijnands from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver said the evidence about the benefits of coffee for health is still developing. And this analysis adds to the evidence back in favor of coffee.
These findings are also considered to warrant further investigation. Head of clinical trials at the MS Society, Dr Emma Gray, said this study provides new evidence of no association between coffee and risk of MS should be tested.
There are more than 100,000 people with MS in the UK and we do not fully understand what the cause. Further studies are needed to determine the root of the disease, he said.