Caffeine and Alzheimer's Disease: Benefits Up for Debate with New Study

Monday, April 9, 2018

A new study reported in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology suggest that caffeine consumption, which has been often publicized as beneficial for brain stimulation, may actually have negative consequences.  In mice who were bred to have Alzheimer’s disease, exposure to caffeine over long periods of time was found to increase behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.  The mice were fed water that had large doses of caffeine (approximately the same as five cups of coffee for a human) and were assessed for symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. They found a much higher rate of anxiety and fear in the mice who had drank high levels of caffeine than those who drank non-caffeinated water. They also found no benefits in memory for the mice either, which suggests that people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease should be cautious of the recommendations to consume coffee.

Source: Medical News Today; April 5, 2018; https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321406.php

Author: Honor Whiteman

Date Retrieved: April 6, 2018

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