Great news for coffee addicts out there! The popular drink might do more than just keep you alert in the morning, as recent studies show that coffee can be linked to increased mental health. A team of Swedish and Danish researchers observed a group of 1,409 middle-aged men and women for a period of 21 years. Those who reported drinking three to five cups of coffee per day were 65% less likely to have developed dementia than those who reported drinking two cups or less. Other health factors like high blood pressure, cholesterol and socioeconomics were controlled in the study.

Although the observational study does not provide any concrete evidence that coffee consumption prevents dementia, researches offer several possibilities such as coffee having an antioxidant effect in the bloodstream. To read more about how your latte can help later in life, visit this page: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/health/research/24coffee.html?scp=1&sq=coffee%20dimensia&st=cse.