Cookie Consent by FreePrivacyPolicy.com Two cups of coffee a day could protect against Alzheimer’s - The Connexion French News and Views in English | The Connexion

Coffee may help stop Alzheimer’s

Scientists in Lille discover that the equivalent of two cups of coffee a day could help protect against brain disease

16 April 2014

TWO CUPS of coffee a day could help protect people against Alzheimer’s, scientists in Lille have said - and, for the first time, they have suggested how.

Researchers at National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and Alzheimer’s laboratory Tauopathies in the city discovered that caffeine prevents the growth of the brain cell-clogging protein tau, which is associated with Alzheimer's disease, in mice.

The doses of caffeine used in the study are the equivalent of about two or three cups of coffee per day, the study in the American medical journal Neurobiology of Aging said.

Previous research has found that older people are less likely to suffer cognitive decline if they take regular, moderate amounts of caffeine.

Experiments have also found that caffeine slows memory loss in mice bred to develop so-called amyloid plaques — another compound buildup in the brain that is associated with Alzheimer's.

This is not the first time coffee’s benefits on the brain have been acknowledged.

“For many years we have known that moderate coffee consumption has beneficial effects, including cutting the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease,” Inserm scientist David Blum said.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
Income Tax in France 2021 (for 2020 income)*
Featured Help Guide
Order your Income Tax in France guide now for immediate digital access
Get news, views and information from France