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Caffeine May Prevent and Help Reverse Alzheimer's Disease
Natural News ^ | Aug. 2, 2009 | S. L. Baker

Posted on 08/02/2009 6:31:50 PM PDT by SmartInsight

In experiments with lab mice especially bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, University of South Florida (USF) researchers at the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center ADRC gave the aged animals the equivalent of the caffeine in five cups of coffee a day. The results? Their severe memory impairment was reversed.

This study, along with other AD research by the same group of scientists, was just published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Both studies show that caffeine significantly decreased abnormal levels of beta amyloid (the protein linked to AD) in both the brains and blood of lab rodents who had symptoms of Alzheimer's. This research follows on the heels of previous ADRC research that found caffeine given to this same strain of mice when they were young prevented memory problems from developing -- even though the animals were bred to develop Alzheimer's symptoms as they grew old.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: alzheimer; alzheimers; alzheimersdisease; caffeine; coffee; dementia; health; medicine; medicinealzheimers
Coffee, chocolate, wine -- all the things they kept telling us are bad for us, turn out that they are actually good for us.

Everything in moderation, of course.

1 posted on 08/02/2009 6:31:50 PM PDT by SmartInsight
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To: SmartInsight

More study will probably turn up subgroups of people helped by such things. My sainted aunt, an avid coffee drinker all her life, perished not too long ago with severe Alzheimer’s dementia.


2 posted on 08/02/2009 6:34:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat Party: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: SmartInsight

My father died of Alzheimer’s Disease. He drank 5-6 cups of coffee a day.


3 posted on 08/02/2009 6:38:04 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Thanks for sharing — sorry about your Aunt.

I was just thinking that they shoudl do a survey of lifetime coffee drinking habits of Alzheimer patients.

Clearly it’s not that simple, but as you said, there may be a subgroup that is helped, or coffee is one component, but other things are needed as well.


4 posted on 08/02/2009 6:38:52 PM PDT by SmartInsight
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To: SmartInsight

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5 posted on 08/02/2009 6:39:17 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Bratch

Well there ya go. It only works in mice.


6 posted on 08/02/2009 6:47:46 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. God help us.)
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To: SmartInsight
Everything in moderation, of course.

Let's not go that far!

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7 posted on 08/02/2009 6:50:33 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. God help us.)
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To: vox_freedom

IMO, your genetic makeup is much more important than your food and/or drink intake.


8 posted on 08/02/2009 6:52:10 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: SmartInsight

Where do the mice get their tiny little coffee cups?


9 posted on 08/02/2009 6:52:24 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: Bratch

Same for me, my dad loved and drank a great deal of coffee and still Alzheimer’s got to him.


10 posted on 08/02/2009 6:54:30 PM PDT by huskerjim
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To: SmartInsight

My 100 (yes, 100) year old grandmother just passed her driver’s exam.

She gets up in the middle of the night, brews a cup of coffee and goes back to bed.

MMMM. Coffee.


11 posted on 08/02/2009 6:57:05 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Defend America from the Communist.)
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To: Bratch

A mouse needs 5 cups a day. So a human would need the caffeine in several thousand cups.

40 cups in a short period can be lethal. 1000 would kill you. Those mice must have been wired or dead!


12 posted on 08/02/2009 6:59:53 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama - fooling fewer people every day.)
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To: Bratch

My Grandfather (on dads side) drank heavily and smoked his entire lie. He ate bacon and eggs every day for breakfast dug ditches for the power company...he died at 101 years of age. My dad was a carpenter, drank everyday, smoked, ate what ever he wanted...died at 98 of a heart attack. My Grandfather on moms side died of the flu at 45 and all his kids (except mom) died young of one thing or another. Genetics means everything.


13 posted on 08/02/2009 7:01:42 PM PDT by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: SmartInsight

My m-i-l, whose faith prohibited the use of caffiene, has early late stage Alzheimers. She is in a secure nursing home (heartbreakingly, she wanders and wants to go ‘home’). She is in a monitored unit (and had to be ‘braceleted’ when she was hospitlized months ago for another health issue).

Her sister, same religious constraints, also had Alzheimers (she has passed away). I think genetics figures into this more than lifestyle choices.


14 posted on 08/02/2009 7:05:00 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ("First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win!" Mahatma Ghandi)
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To: SmartInsight

I can’t wait until they announce that a daily dose of cigarettes, beer and unprotected sex with everything alive will make you immortal.


15 posted on 08/02/2009 7:20:18 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
I do that too.

Nice to know that I may have 40+ more years of this torture

16 posted on 08/02/2009 7:23:23 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: FrdmLvr

“Where do the mice get their tiny little coffee cups?”

Lab animals are given their caffeine just as bond traders get theirs - by IV, of course!


17 posted on 08/02/2009 7:26:44 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Bratch

Good point, and science and data proves it...


18 posted on 08/02/2009 7:31:09 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. God help us.)
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To: elkfersupper

It appears that everything will cure anything in mice. There are many mice cancer cures that don’t work in humans.


19 posted on 08/02/2009 7:34:12 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: SmartInsight
I just had myself
a double helping of that
newfangled brain juice!

20 posted on 08/02/2009 7:40:24 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: SmartInsight

But the health nazis will soon make you pay additional taxes for sodas, etc.


21 posted on 08/02/2009 7:43:37 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: SmartInsight

Pass the Pepsi!!!


22 posted on 08/02/2009 8:00:33 PM PDT by Longhair_and_Leather (Don't send a boy to do a man's job, send a woman--Sarah 2012!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
More study will probably turn up subgroups of people helped by such things. My sainted aunt, an avid coffee drinker all her life, perished not too long ago with severe Alzheimer’s dementia.

You have a good point. I recall a study of a drug that helped some members of the study group, but had no effect on the rest. The parties "helped" had a genetic deficiency that was overcome in the presence of the drug. The other parties didn't have a deficiency, thus were neither helped or harmed by the drug.

23 posted on 08/02/2009 11:29:50 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: SmartInsight
That's good, I say as I reach a shakey hand towards my coffee/coco/cream slurry.


24 posted on 08/03/2009 7:09:05 AM PDT by Lee N. Field (it ain't us "amil'" types that have eschatological beliefs nearly lockstep with heretic religions)
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To: SmartInsight
Researchers have known for a very long time that people with Alzheimer's or Parkinsons frequently drink MUCH less coffee or tea or caffeinated drinks than the rest of the population.

It is very exciting that they were able to reverse Alzh.D. in the lab animals, and I'll be very interested to learn the results of their soon-to-be-conducted human trials with caffeine.

I wonder how many people are now supplementing with either No-Doz or with generic caffeine pills?

25 posted on 10/28/2009 6:58:31 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: hennie pennie
Scientists remove amyloid plaques from brains of live animals with Alzheimer's disease

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2363061/posts?page=13

Posting for quick cross reference to another thread in which caffeine in the form of "No-Doz" & Alzheimer's plaques was discussed.

26 posted on 10/28/2009 9:18:50 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: La Lydia

*ping*


27 posted on 10/28/2009 10:21:26 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: Right Wing Assault
You read the research incorrectly.

The lab animals were given what would be the EQUIVALENT of giving humans 5 cups of coffee.

One thing that researchers and commentators forget to mention is that there is great variation in the amount of caffeine in different roasts of coffee, and also in different preparations.

For instance, expresso is brewed so quickly, that although it tastes very strong, it's not very high in caffeine.

Likewise, heat can destroy caffeine, so a dark french roast, so popular today, has less caffeine to it's equivalent cup of breakfast coffee brewed decades ago.

For many years it has been known that the incidence of both Parkinson's Disease and the various dementias, including Alzheimer's has been greater in NON-coffee drinkers, but they've never been able to explain why.

I hope to hear more news about human trials they are setting up with Alzheimer's patients and caffeine.

28 posted on 10/28/2009 10:27:21 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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Also, there is some type of genetic test that I read briefly about - you send a DNA sample and they return results showing if you are a fast metabolizer of caffeine.

I know nothing else about this test - particularly WHY it was developed, nor who it is popular with.

29 posted on 10/28/2009 10:29:44 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: hennie pennie
The lab animals were given what would be the EQUIVALENT of giving humans 5 cups of coffee.

What you said is correct, of course, but they could have worded it better. For example, the way you worded it.

30 posted on 10/28/2009 2:32:21 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Right Wing Assault
I empathize with your comments.

Reporting about medical research seems to require that one be a very poor writer, and also, that one not put too many facts into the article, and also make sure that it isn't very interesting.

31 posted on 10/28/2009 4:15:13 PM PDT by hennie pennie
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