Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"Miracle Cure" Coffee Prevents Alzheimer's Disease

Next time you drop by Starbucks, be sure to ask for a "triple" or even a "quadruple" (i.e., extra shots of espresso) -- because those additional java jolts could keep your noggin thinking straight in later years!

Life Extension reports:

"A yet unidentified component of coffee interacts with the beverage's caffeine, which could be a surprising reason why daily coffee intake protects against Alzheimer's disease. A new Alzheimer's mouse study by researchers at the University of South Florida found that this interaction boosts blood levels of a critical growth factor that seems to fight off the Alzheimer's disease process (see also Clinical Trials Research).

"The findings appear in the early online version of an article to be published June 28 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Using mice bred to develop symptoms mimicking Alzheimer's disease, the USF team presents the first evidence that caffeinated coffee offers protection against the memory-robbing disease that is not possible with other caffeine-containing drinks or decaffeinated coffee.

"Previous observational studies in humans reported that daily coffee/caffeine intake during mid-life and in older age decreases the risk of Alzheimer's disease. The USF researchers' earlier studies in Alzheimer's mice indicated that caffeine was likely the ingredient in coffee that provides this protection because it decreases brain production of the abnormal protein beta-amyloid, which is thought to cause the disease...."

Read the rest of the article!

Also be sure to check out these 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss!


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