Coffee: A Natural Deterrent to Alzheimer’s Disease?


Sep 24, 2013 | Programming & Outreach

As medical research scientists continue to move closer to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of age-related memory loss, an effective weapon may be right under our noses. Is it time to “wake up and smell the coffee?” According to researchers at the University of South Florida (USF), it may very well be.

As they say, sometimes “prevention is the best medicine.” A recent report published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease indicated that drinking three cups of coffee per day might help turn the tide against Alzheimer’s disease among older adults who are already showing signs of memory problems. According to the report, titled “High Blood Caffeine Levels in MCI Linked to Lack of Progression to Dementia,” drinking coffee could delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Compelling Evidence for Coffee’s Beneficial Effects

The study found that among adult subjects over age 65, those with higher levels of caffeine in their blood avoided the onset of Alzheimer’s in the two to four years during which they were evaluated. The authors of the report believe this finding is highly significant because it is the first time there has been direct human evidence of the link.

In a news release describing the study, the lead author, Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the USF College of Pharmacy, stated, “The results from this study, along with our earlier studies in Alzheimer’s mice, are very consistent in indicating that moderate daily caffeine/coffee intake throughout adulthood should appreciably protect against Alzheimer’s disease later in life.”

Dr. Cao recommends a minimum of three cups of coffee a day to have the desired preventative effect. He says, “We firmly believe that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.”

It is projected that at least 16 million American, will have Alzheimer’s disease by 2050 unless something significant occurs to halt its growth. This fact underscores the critical importance of medical research, such as this study at the University of South Florida and other initiatives taking place around the world.

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Leading senior living memory care communities that work closely with university medical researchers are uniquely positioned to apply the latest knowledge on memory care to improve their residents’ lives, as well as to further educate the general public. For example, Abe’s Garden in Nashville, TN, an innovative community participating in research, training and best-practice therapies in collaboration with Vanderbilt Medical Center, is setting a new standard for future dementia programs and residential communities seeking to care for our nation’s rapidly expanding senior population.

Abe’s Garden represents a national model of residential and day care programs for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Its goal is to transform the continuum of care for those affected by Alzheimer’s and other related dementia throughout the U.S. by providing proven, best-practice care, evidence-based facility design and a comprehensive array of services for individuals currently suffering from these diseases.

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