OK- this has nothing to do with building a bigger brain. But we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to link this research.
The Nurses’ Health Study was founded in 1976 by the National Institute for Health with a narrow focus such as determining long-term effects of taking birth control drugs. But the success it had in getting women to participate inspired researchers to not only continue it but to expand its purpose. It’s now seen as one of the most valuable tools in research of women’s health issues. A research team from Canada, the US and China used the Nurses’ Health Study II to review caffeine, coffee, tea and chocolate consumption to determine if any of those products was associated with rosacea. Rosacea is thought to be an immune disorder, but it can also run in families.
The research team led by Suyun Li, PhD at Qindao University in China, Michael Chen at Harvard Medical School and Brown University School of Medicine, and Aaaron Drucker, MD of the University of Toronto, reviewed tracking data from the Nurses’ Study. In a review of the data covering approximately 83,000 women they found this:
- Women drinking 4+ cups of coffee a day were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with rosacea than non-drinkers.
- Women drinking less than 4 cups had some protective benefit, but less.
- Women drinking decaf received no benefit.
- Other caffeine sources like chocolate and tea provided no benefit.
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