We humans have to live with many unfortunate realities, including the fact that many of the things we love are bad for us. We all know by now that if we douse ourselves too much on delicious treats, we end up eating an early grave, but in recent years it has become increasingly clear that coffee is a known vice of millions and millions of people is actually quite good for you.

Recent studies have shown that a regular coffee drinker can reduce the risk of all kinds of ailments, including heart attacks and strokes. Now, a recent research shows that dark roasted coffee is particularly well-suited to fend off some of the ugly brain diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The results were published in Frontiers in Neuroscience.

The study, which focused on a particular group of compounds called phenylindans, emphasizes the benefits of specifying the type of roast you use for your dawn. The dark roast, even in its decaffeinated form, is full of the compounds that are thought to inhibit the production of a protein linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

"The caffeinated and the decaffeinated dark roast both had identical potencies in our first experimental tests," Dr. Ross Mancini, the lead author of the study, in a statement. "So we saw early that its protective effect was not due to caffeine."

This is great news for aspiring coffee drinkers, who would like to take advantage of the drink, but do not like the nervous feeling they get from enjoyment. However, if you love your high caffeinated dawn as it is, you will still have many benefits, even if you do not specify a dark roast. The idea is that the compounds are created during the coffee roasting process. That is, the longer the beans are cooked, the more useful compounds find their way into the resulting beverage.

So if you are a coffee lover, you can feel even better with your habit. If you are not, maybe it is time to try again.

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