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Scientists Discover Big Clue On How Caffeine Wards Off Alzheimer’s

There have been many researchers in the past who have attributed both health risks and benefits to the intake of caffeine.  New research has indicated small doses of caffeine might actually ward off the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

This research was reported in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.  French and German researchers spearheaded the study over a period of time.  These researchers were able to report caffeine had a positive effect on tau deposits, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.  They showed how giving regular doses of caffeine to mice bred to develop tau protein deposits in their brains slowed memory decline compared to the control mice.

There are two indicators of Alzheimer’s disease that appear most often.  The first is deposits of tau protein (which clog up the insides of brain cells) with the second being plaques of amyloid protein (which clog up the spaces between brain cells).  It’s quite difficult to investigate these conditions in living brains, which is why these studies are done with mice that are bred to have similar conditions as humans.

The final conclusion by these researchers is their findings support the notion that caffeine intake does indeed show beneficial results in mice that develop tau deposits similar to those seen in humans.  They believe this paves the way for future clinical evaluations in human patients who are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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