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How Caffeine Wards Off Dementia Among Women

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

Researchers with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have announced that consuming a diet high in caffeine may help women keep dementia away. They found that women over the age of 65 who consumed at least 264 milligrams of caffeine daily were 37 percent less likely to develop dementia or other cognitive-memory problems. That is great news for elderly women and Palm Desert Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers.

About the Study

The study asked survey questions of 6,467 women who were over the age of 65 and living in the community. The women were studied over a 10-year period by researchers led by Doctor Ira Driscoll of the University of Michigan. The researchers depended on participants to answer the questions truthfully as they had no way to test their answers.

Effects of Caffeine on the Brain

Officials with the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom say that while the results look very promising, more controlled studies are needed. They say scientific studies suggest that when a person consumes a large amount of caffeine that the brain becomes starved for oxygen. This causes the brain to naturally produce adenosine, a chemical that makes the brain unable to swell. Research suggests that inflammation in the brain may be the cause of dementia. Scientists have been able to produce similar results using tau protein in the brains of mice in the lab.

Production of White Blood Cells

Researchers also suggest that the granulocyte-colony effect produced by caffeine in the body may play an important role. This effect is known to increase the production of white blood cells in the body, which may help prevent the formation of infection in the brain that eventually leads to dementia.

No Harmful Caffeine Side Effects

The good news is that while scientists are figuring it all out, there seems to be very little harmful effects from increasing the daily amount of caffeine as long as it does not interfere with getting the proper amount of rest. As always, women should consult with their personal physicians before making any lifestyle changes. 

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