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There are tons of studies about the effects of caffeine on human health and psyche and you can prove or disprove almost anything if you find the right one to support your position. But I tend to believe in my own intuitive being that caffeine will ultimately be proven beyond any doubt to be good, in moderation. One of the most recent studies I came across looked particularly at the effect of caffeine on the brains of older adults, ages 65 - 88, found that those with higher blood levels of caffeine avoided onset of Alzheimer's during the 2-4 years of the study. Granted, this was a small test group of 124 people, but there was also a similar study done in 2006 on 400,000 Alzheimer mice that showed very strong correlation with the blood levels of caffeine creating protective benefit from a whole host of diseases!
This is potentially great news for the estimated 10 million Americans who are in one of the stages of Alzheimer's (using the newly expanded definition which includes mild cognitive impairment). Caffeine certainly isn't a cure, but it is nice to know you can enjoy a morning cup of coffee and feel you are doing something good for your health!
Here's the detailed report on the study titled "High Blood Caffeine Levels in Older Adults Linked to Avoidance of Alzheimer's Disease" found in Science Daily from June 4, 2012.
Karen is a compassionate, enthusiastic student of life, who cared for her mother for 17 years. She brings her insights, compassion, experience and desire to share knowledge and healing to this ongoing conversation with others on the caregiving path. If you are caring for a parent, spouse, friend or other loved one this site offers sanity-saving tips, open-hearted self-care ideas, and an open forum for discussion, connection and sharing resources for the journey.
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