Study: Caffeinated coffee may improve symptoms for Alzheimer’s patients

david_meistrell

June 24, 2011

People who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease often have a slowed reaction time, impaired vision and a lack of flexibility that can lead to falls, according to Caring.com. Senior alert systems can be used to ensure that a medical alert is received by emergency response professionals if an elderly individual falls or is otherwise injured.

A new animal study by researchers at the University of South Florida found that coffee may have properties that can improve memory in individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

The scientists gave caffeinated and decaf coffee, along with caffeine supplements, to mice that had Alzheimer's disease and a control group of healthy mice. They observed that caffeinated coffee warranted the greatest increase in granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF) of blood levels. GCSF levels are often low in individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

In 2009, the researchers tested the usefulness of GCSF in Alzheimer's patients, and they reported that it was found to increase the production of new brain cells and nerve cell connections. The scientists said that the GCSF may be valuable in treating the disease, but more studies will be necessary to determine the full extent of the growth factor's usefulness.