Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Caffeine and Alzheimer's
Posted Jan 08 2010 8:19pm
Caffeine nearly represents one of the basic food groups for most Americans. Ninety percent of us drink coffee, or some form of caffeine, every day…and about 300 mg of it, too. Some scientists say anything over 250 mg in one sitting will make you jittery and restless. Drinking over 2500 mg can literally kill you!
One of the most recent research studies at the University of South Florida involved caffeine, mice and memory . The upshot was that the caffeine interfered with production of a disease-causing protein that builds up on the brain, impeding memory in humans. It was difficult to check the “memory” part for the mice, of course, but the results were impressive enough to continue testing the hypothesis. Studies have not begun on humans yet. In the meantime, though, caffeine is everywhere, relatively cheap and mostly risk-free in moderate amounts to do your own testing.
So, if Aunt Sally or Grandpa have cut down on coffee and you are noticing more forgetfulness, buy them an automatic coffee machine and set the timer. Starting the day with some “joe” might make all the difference.