Care of the elderly who suffer from Alzheimer's disease could be improved by a recent study that established a link between the disease and caffeine intake.
Research carried out by scientists at the University of South Florida (USF) from the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) found that mice with symptoms of the neurological disease had their memory impairment reversed when fed the equivalent of what amounts to five cups of coffee a day for humans.
The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease along with another pilot and both findings pointed to caffeine reducing the heightened levels of the protein associated with Alzheimer's in the mice.
Lead author Dr Gary Arendash, a USF neuroscientist with the Florida ADRC, commented: "The new findings provide evidence that caffeine could be a viable 'treatment' for established Alzheimer's disease and not simply a protective strategy."
"That's important because caffeine is a safe drug for most people, it easily enters the brain, and it appears to directly affect the disease process."
This week (July 5th until July 11th) marks dementia awareness week in England and Wales, organised by the Alzheimer's Society.