A shot of espresso could prevent Alzheimer's disease.

An espresso shot could halt Alzheimer's disease

An espresso shot could halt Alzheimer's disease

A new study has shown that a coffee shot slows the process that is believed to be involved in the onset of the brain disorder.

The compounds in espresso have been found to destroy rogue tau proteins, which are thought to play a significant role in the development of neurodegenerative conditions, that gather in the brain.

Tau proteins help stabilise structures in the brain in healthy individuals but are abnormally shaped in the brains of those with Alzheimer's.

Mariapina D'Onofrio, a biologist from the University of Verona in Italy, said: "Espresso coffee is among the best-known beverages worldwide, and drinking espresso has become a habit in many countries due to its pleasant taste.

"Recent studies show that when consumed in moderation, this drink could have beneficial effects on human health thanks to its biological properties.

"In particular, numerous studies report that moderate and, sometimes, even high coffee consumption exerts a neuroprotective effect against two of the most common neurodegenerative diseases - Parkinson's and Alzheimer's."