Alzheimers And Coffee
Of late, there has been a lot written about Alzheimer's and coffee. According to some reports, drinking coffee can actually prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. This may be good news for those seniors who love to drink coffee and believe that it has numerous health benefits.
A study was conducted on fifty-five mice who had been given Alzheimer's disease in a laboratory. When the mice reached a particular age, what is considered to be old age for mice, they started displaying problems with their memory. At this stage, the scientists gave half of the mice caffeine, which was mixed in their drinking water. The amount of caffeine given to the mice was 500 milligrams, which is equivalent to drinking five cups of normal coffee. The other half of the mice was give plain water.
This test continued for 2 months. And during this period the scientists started studying the cognitive function of the two groups of mice. It was found that the mice which were given caffeine showed improved skills when it came to memory and thinking. Also, their brains contained forty percent less of beta amyloid, a protein that forms plaque in the brains of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. While the mice who were given just plain water to drink worsened.
Based on the result of the test, scientists have concluded that drinking caffeine helps to stall the build up of beta amyloid. Therefore, scientists are looking at caffeine as a potential treatment method for treating Alzheimer's disease.
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