Coffee May Restore Memory Loss From Alzheimer’s

July 6, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A team of researchers from the University of Florida just published the results of a groundbreaking study that suggests drinking five cups of coffee every day can not only reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients, but slow the progression of the disease as well.

The study was conducted on 55 elderly mice bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in a controlled study. Half of the mice were given water spiked with caffeine in equivalent amounts of five 8-ounce cups of coffee per day, with the other half given plain water.

After two months on the caffeine diet, the mice showed significant improvement in memory and thinking skills compared to the mice given plain water. These exciting results show that pre-existing memory impairment can be reversed with caffeine.

Additionally, the researchers found that the caffeine slowed the progression of the disease, by reducing levels of the beta amyloid protein, which produces clumps in the brains of dementia patients.

The researchers discovered that caffeine affects the production of the enzymes needed to produce beta amyloid and suppresses inflammation of the brain that causes high levels of the damaging protein.

Lead researcher, Dr Gary Arendash believes this study holds great promise to use caffeine as a future treatment for Alzheimer’s, as most patients can safely tolerate 500 milligrams of caffeine per day.

Further clinical trials are planned to test the effectiveness of the caffeine treatment on human patients.

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2 Responses to “Coffee May Restore Memory Loss From Alzheimer’s”

  1. Memory Loss on August 1st, 2009 9:18 am

    Though I don’t have an Alzheimer I am suffering from memory loss. Taking coffee regularly as a dose for memory loss! Will it help in my case?

  2. Beau Armstrong on March 27th, 2010 10:49 pm

    I love coffee. I hope it does help with Alzheimer’s patients. I know that organic coffee with medicinal mushrooms does have a major positive impact on the body in many ways. I am looking forward to learning more. Thanks so much, Beau

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