The coffee cure for memory loss

The coffee cure for memory loss

Summary: Researchers at the Byrd Alzheimer's Center in Tampa have given mice bred with Alzheimer's the equivalent of five cups of coffee per day (a long breakfast at the Chatterbox) and found better memory and half the beta amyloid plaques implicated in the disease process compared with decaffeinated mice.

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Coffee is the main drug in Garrison Keillor's Lake Woebegon stories. (Picture from the International Review Of Music.)

The oldtimers down it by the urn-load. The bachelor farmers at the Chatterbox Cafe. The church ladies over at Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility. It's all over the shelves at Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery.

Turns out those fictional old timers know a thing or two about healthy living. Coffee is this year's aspirin, a wonder drug whose miraculous powers are just now being investigated.

Researchers at the Byrd Alzheimer's Center in Tampa have given mice bred with Alzheimer's the equivalent of five cups of coffee per day (a long breakfast at the Chatterbox) and found better memory and half the beta amyloid plaques implicated in the disease process compared with decaffeinated mice. It's all going into the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

This is a follow-up to earlier studies showing that a coffee habit begun in early adulthood may actually reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer's at all.

Word of mouse is spreading fast in the world press. Here it is at the BBC, here it is at Xinhua in China and here it is in the Hindu in India.

Few reporters are heeding the warning of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, that the results have yet to be replicated in humans and it's too early to say whether this is really going to help.

Personally I find that a small pot of coffee after a workout is what my brain needs these days to get to writing. But I'm a man, not a mouse.

What are your findings?

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  • Unfortunately, these things tend to by cyclic

    today's panacea is tomorrows thing to be avoided at all costs. Over my lifetime, I have seen at least 3 such reversals about coffee, and the caffeine that it contains.

    I also have evidence, though for you it might be anecdotal, that two great-aunts, one who lived to 96, and the other almost 94,had diametrically opposite results. They were sisters, both drinking coffee as though it was the best thing to ever be drunk (5-6 cups before noon, and more after that). One had tremendous powers of memory until the day she died, the other had Alzheimer's in the last 10 years of life, never getting to the point where she forgot who I was, but forgetting most all else about my frequent trips to see her.
    chrome_slinky@...
  • Thanks for reminding me...

    ...it's time for coffee #6...or is it #5?

    I forget which. ;)
    Dietrich T. Schmitz
  • RE: The coffee cure for memory loss

    Sounds like something brewed up by Maxwell House and Folgers...
    mlbolton123@...
  • If it's so good for memory,

    Why do I have such trouble finding my coffee cup?
    Mac Hosehead