How Coffee MAY Protect Against Multiple Sclerosis ( MS )


I always say this, but it’s important not to take the findings of one study as the overall answer to a scientific question. However, when a study is conducted properly, under strict conditions, by robust and respected experts, as well as being peer reviewed, then we can at least take note.

Two large studies were conducted, one from Sweden and one from the United States. The researchers found that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of MS, which was in line with other studies that found a link between coffee and reduced risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, all neurodegenerative diseases. This suggests that coffee may have protective effects for the brain.

Lily Jung Hensen, a neurologist from the Swedish Neurosciences Institute suggests:

"The number of cases reviewed, and the consistency of the odds ratio for the two populations certainly seems supportive…of coffee being protective against MS, particularly with what we have seen in Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease."

So the results are promising, and the findings definitely warrant further investigation.


Medscape, (2015). Coffee Protective Against Multiple Sclerosis? Retrieved 4th March, 2015, from discount supplements


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