Caffeine Helps Reverse the Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is an awful malady that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

This is a disease that destroys the mind, often causing its victims to fail to recognize even their closest loved ones, making daily living nearly impossible without round-the-clock supervision.

A study published by the University of South Florida in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease concludes that if human brains functioned the same as mouse brains, caffeine would be effective at reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Smart Mouse
Smart Mouse


The Study

In the study, mice that were specifically bred to develop Alzheimer’s were given the caffeine equivalent of six shots of espresso every day or plain water.

Two months later, the mice who received the caffeine water performed better on memory tests, performed better in thinking drills, and displayed lower concentrations in the brain and blood of an abnormal protein that is directly related to the presence of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dr. Kevin Kelly of the Allegheny General Hospital Neuroscience Research Center notes:

“I think … it’s really potentially exciting finding that the mice who are developing the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, which they would ordinarily, began to show improvements. The extension of what effects caffeine may have in humans really needs to be elaborated by really well-designed, comprehensive, controlled clinical studies.”

Reactions to the Study

Despite these hopeful results, people still remain skeptical about caffeine. In the context of this study, it still remains to be proven whether or not mouse brains are similar enough to human brains as to elicit the same positive response to Alzheimer’s.

Many people would still choose not to drink coffee, mainly because they don’t like the taste, it makes them jittery, or causes problems sleeping at night. Some people do actually choose decaf. (but not this guy) =)

Others cite the potentially negative consequences of caffeine in individuals who have high blood pressure, chronic insomnia, high cholesterol, or other medical conditions that are worsened by the consumption of caffeine. Plus, it turns your teeth brown.

Conclusion

Let it be known that this study does not show, and certainly does not prove, that caffeine can prevent Alzheimer’s. Furthermore it only suggests that caffeine MIGHT help treat Alzheimer’s, but that this sort of treatment needs to be weighed against other possible side effects of massive caffeine consumption.

In fact, the amount of caffeine you would have to take to equal the amount ingested by those mice is equivalent to:

  • six cans of a popular energy drink, like Venom Mojave Rattler
  • 14 cans of your favorite cola
  • 15 cups of tea

That’s a ton of calories if you don’t like diet soda and diet energy drinks, or if you use cream and sugar in your coffee; and overall that’s a damn lot of caffeine.

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8 Responses to “Caffeine Helps Reverse the Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease”

  1. I never much got into coffee but i have been really liking jack3d. My workout partner gets amped on coffee pre-workout almost everyday and swears by it. But i’m very sensitive to stimulants so have to be careful. But i really like jack3d since there are only a few ingredients and its not very expensive. Ive also heard of some that do a double green tea since it has a lot of caffeine i was thinking of trying this next.

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