Caffeine May Protect Against Cognitive Decline
A study published in the May 2010 issue of the Journal of Alzheimerâ€™s Disease recently found that caffeine may protect against cognitive decline that occurs as a result of dementia and Alzheimerâ€™s disease.
The study was conducted by an impressive group of international researchers which analyzed dozens of studies on the effect of caffeine on cognitive function.
The researchers reported a number of key findings showing that caffeine may effectively:
â€¢ Normalize brain function and prevent degeneration
â€¢ Reduce effects of Alzheimerâ€™s
â€¢ Improve memory and overall cognitive performance
â€¢ Protect against Parkinsonâ€™s disease
Depressive symptoms are one of the most prevalent complications of cognitive decline and the researchers noted that caffeineâ€™s effect on mood may be a large contributor to these findings.
They also noted that caffeine appears to reduce amyloid-beta production. Amyloid-beta plays a significant role in the production of plaques in the brain that lead to Alzheimerâ€™s.