Drinking Coffee May Help With The Early Diagnosis Of Parkinson’s


The healthful effects of coffee are far-reaching, to the point that every time a new benefit is found, I have to scour old articles (that I’ve written) to see if Sprudge has already reported on it. One of these benefits is coffee’s ability to prevent Parkinson’s disease (Sprudge has NOT reported on that. But here we are, doing it now. Coffee prevents Parkinson’s. You’re welcome). And a new study shows that drinking coffee may also help with the early identification of the disease.

The findings come from the Juntendo University School of Medicine in Tokyo. Led by Nobutaka Hattori, a group of researchers found that how the body processes coffee—specifically caffeine and caffeine byproduct serum levels—may be used as a biomarker for Parkinson’s Disease, which could lead to earlier detection. Surveying 139 people, both men and women with and without the disease, researchers analyzed the blood serum of the participants for caffeine and “its 11 so-called downstream metabolites — small molecules produced during caffeine-induced metabolic processes in the human body.”


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