Monday, July 13, 2009

Coffee as Alzheimer’s Cure?

news you may not know

Go Ahead - Grab a Cup...

This is fabulous news. Well, it’s fabulous news if you’re a caffeine addict. But, if you’re a teetotaler, the news isn’t quite so favorable.

Researchers in Florida recently announced the results of a study with Alzheimer’s-diseased mice. The mice were specially bred to develop Alzheimer’s, and then separated into two groups: the caffeine addicts and the teetotalers.

The caffeine addicts ended up having the best of both worlds. They got a routine fix of the equivalent of five cups of java, and their Alzheimer’s symptoms began to disappear. It’s a hard combination to beat.

The caffeine was found to have a direct impact on the blood levels of beta-amyloid, the substances responsible for the formation of plaques in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Those mice receiving their caffeine fix everyday showed a reduction of nearly 50 percent in beta-amyloid levels.

Previous research has shown caffeine has other health benefits, including improving cardiovascular function. So, it would appear that consistent caffeine consumption may be quite a healthy habit, especially as we age.

Yes, of course – now would be a great time to brew a cup.

To read more about the study, see this from Science Daily. To learn more about the history of coffee, see this from Wikipedia.


Blogger Sylvia C. said...

Great to know! I am starting to enjoy a cup of java more and more more (or perhaps I just need it now, more and more!)...

I hope life is treating you well!

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to a famous TCM physician, Dr Ni ( coffee is considered acidic and could increase the risk of getting pancrea/stomach cancer if one drink too much. Anyway, you may want to observe drinking habit of those who had pancrea/stomach cancer.. do they happen to be a coffee-fan too?

5:21 AM  
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