As a Paleo lifer (100% baby), I feel like it's my responsibility to pounce on any evidence that showcases the untapped, medicinal powers of wild plants.
There is mounting evidence to suggest that ancient alternatives found in nature are not only safer than modern pharmaceutical concoctions but often more effective at prevention and treatment of disease and disorder.
Don't worry, I'm not about to plunge into the rain forest in search of some magic herb that we can pack into a pill and cure all disease as I believe optimal human health hinges on an entire Paleo lifestyle where you exercise plenty, sleep as much as you can, eat well and think positive thoughts.
But I think coffee deserves some attention here for its potential benefits in fighting the aging process.
Coffee addicts and enthusiasts have reason to rejoice as a new clinical study now links coffee drinking to prevention of Alzheimer's whereas drug cocktails have missed the mark.
"No synthetic drugs have yet been developed to treat the underlying Alzheimer's disease process" said Dr. Gary Arendash, the study's other lead author. "We see no reason why an inherently natural product such as coffee cannot be more beneficial and safer than medications, especially to protect against a disease that takes decades to become apparent after it starts in the brain."
Imagine that? More coffee equals less Alzheimer's! That's a strong possibility according to conclusions drawn in this clinical study. Furthermore, the article in ScientificDaily.com states:
An increasing body of scientific literature indicates that moderate consumption of coffee decreases the risk of several diseases of aging, including Parkinson's disease, Type II diabetes and stroke. Just within the last few months, new studies have reported that drinking coffee in moderation may also significantly reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancers.
What do you think about coffee as a medicine against Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases that seem to strike people in advanced years?
Do you think we should do more research into the medicinal properties of plants?