Caffeine may slow Alzheimer's disease & other dementias

A recently published study showed an inverse relationship between chronic caffeine consumption and the incidence of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128110552

One recent study comes from Finland where researchers followed about 1,400 coffee drinkers for more than two decades. Researchers found one group seemed to benefit the most: the people who'd been drinking three to five cups of coffee a day in their 40s and 50s.

“They had about a 65-to-70-percent reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in their 70s,” says Huntington Potter, a neurobiologist at the University of South Florida. Potters says effects held up even when researchers controlled for things such as cardiovascular disease, which can influence the risk of dementia.

A few other smaller studies in Europe have led to similar findings, but experts say the research only establishes a correlation between coffee drinking and brain protection.

“I’d hesitate to say that there’s epidemiologic evidence that coffee prevents Alzheimer’s disease,” says Reisa Sperling, an Alzheimer’s researcher at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard University.

It’s possible that these regular coffee drinkers might have other habits in common that could explain the protective effect. “People who are very active in mid-life are more likely to be drinking coffee than couch potatoes,” says Sperling. Maybe the coffee drinkers aren’t benefiting from the coffee as much as they are from keeping their minds and bodies active. The studies make it difficult to suss out.

Apparently one needs about 500mg of caffeine in those three to five cups of coffee. Perhaps the health benefits are because of increased physical activity due to caffeine jitters?

i’m quite safe then

In my personal experience morning coffee after the night before does nothing for Alzheimer’s, but is great for Parkinson’s.

my mother forbade me to drink coffee (only milk!) until I was 18… FFS’s…now I don’t remember why!

instant bullshit coffee would be poison if you drink too much, i would imagine. but decent, roasted, freshy ground beans…drooool

next time we meet I’ll make you coffee like the Eritreans taught me…you first roast the green coffee beans over a small fire (I have a special long-handled pan) then they are ground fine…then boiled in an earthenware jug three times and poured back after each boiling…then you pour into small espresso-type cups and its critical you have three small cups of it!!! Divine!! 8)

i’ve had lebanese coffe. served from those copper mini kettle thingies. very chocolatey.

It didn’t work for me…

wonder if caffeine will slow down religious dementia? On the other hand if we could induce forgetfulness the religionuts may forget who god is!

What does this mean? poured back… what?

Not sure whether it can slow dementia or not, but it certainly is a handy tool for dropping pills into each morning for my overly agressive father (alzheimers). Calms him right down to a point where one can have a semi civil conversation with him.

The jug has a long thin snout and is traditionally plugged with hair from a camel’s tail or horse hair…once it boils you decant the coffee and then pour it back into the jug again and bring it back to the boil etc…it makes the coffee very strong and when poured through the hair filters it… (wtf!!) I use muslin instead. The whole procedure is accompanied by burning incense and myrrh…