Caffeine may prevent Multiple Sclerosis

New research shows MS can be prevented by caffeine. Credit: health.com

Research lead by John Hopkins University professor Dr Ellen Mowry suggests that coffee could offer protection from Multiple Sclerosis.

This is attributed to the caffeine, which has been previously linked to lowering the chances of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Using data from US and Swedish studies, 2788 people with MS and 4000 healthy individuals were studied. Researchers found that non-coffee drinkers were more likely than coffee drinkers to develop MS. The study also found that

Lead researcher Dr Ellen Mowry, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, said: “Caffeine intake has been associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and our study shows that coffee intake may also protect against MS, supporting the idea that the drug may have protective effects for the brain.

“Caffeine should be studied for its impact on relapses and long-term disability in MS as well.”

MS, which is usually diagnosed in people aged 20-40, affects an estimated 2.5 million people worldwide, according to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. It is a condition which affects the central nervous system, with fatigue, vision problems and walking difficulties being potential symptoms. The full report will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting in Washington, in April.


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