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Natural remedy for dementia in women--try caffeine

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Caffeine could be an ally in warding off dementia in women.


Dementia is a tragic condition which steals the vitality and lives of loved ones as they age. There has been promising news that caffeine may help women avoid getting dementia.

Caffeine may really be an ally in fighting off dementia

The Gerontological Society of America reports that caffeine may really be an ally in fighting off dementia for women. According to researchers increased caffeine consumption by women is associated with lower chances of the development of dementia or cognitive impairment.

In older women the self-reported consumption of greater than 261 mg per day of caffeine was found to be associated with a 36 percent decrease in the risk of coming down with dementia during a 10 year follow-up. This level of caffeine is equal to two to three 8 ounce cups of coffee a day, seven to eight 12 ounce cans of soda pop, or five to six 8 ounce cups of black tea.

Caffeine is a very modifiable dietary factor

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Ira Driscoll, PhD, who was the study’s lead author, says the increasing evidence that consumption of caffeine can serve as a potentially protective factor against cognitive impairment is certainly very exciting. Consider that caffeine is a very modifiable dietary factor which has very few contraindications.

This study was unique in offering an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the relationships which exist between caffeine consumption and dementia incidence in a large and very well-defined group of women. The findings were taken from participants in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study. This study is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Data was from 6,467 community based, postmenopausal women who were 65 years old and older who reported they had some degree of caffeine consumption.

A protective effect of caffeine on cognition has been suggested

This study has been published in The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. In nonhuman studies there has been a suggestion of a protective effect of caffeine on cognition. Reviews have suggested there is a possible positive relationship between caffeine consumption and the development of cognitive impairment or dementia.

The findings from this study have suggested there are lower odds of probable dementia or cognitive impairment in elderly women who consume caffeine with an inverse association between caffeine consumption and age associated cognitive impairment. Caffeine may really be a powerful ally in the war against dementia.