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July 13, 2009
Drinking two-three big cups of coffee a day can have therapeutic effects and help people to lower the risks of having memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The scientists from University of South Florida are convinced that all caffeinated drinks (especially coffee) have serious positive effects on our brain function. They say that our regular morning coffee is a key to having perfect memory and possible prevention of memory loss.
The research was made on 55 mice which seemed to develop memory problems similar to the ones linked to Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in humans. A group of mice was given a regular dose of caffeine equivalent to 500 milligrams of pure caffeine, and the rest of the mice were given water. In two months, the tests showed that the animals treated with caffeine developed much better thinking abilities and memory than those who were drinking plain water.
Dr. Gary Arendash, one of the leaders of the research comments on the results as the following: “The results are particularly exciting in that a reversal of pre-existing memory impairment is more difficult to achieve“. He emphasizes on the significance of the study for all people who suffer from memory problems: “That’s important because caffeine is a safe drug for most people, it easily enters the brain, and it appears to directly affect the disease process.”
The findings of the study were recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. However, the experts caution the pubic about stimulating effects of coffee, and the executives of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust are talking about the necessity of making more researches in order to find out, if drinking such amounts of coffee will really have the mentioned therapeutic effects on people. In addition, the scientists plan to go on their experiments and check out whether coffee can be a possible source of effective treatment for dementia.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.