Justification for Java lovers

  1. Three coffees a day keeps dementia at bay
    By Rachel Ellis
    15jul02

    DRINKING at least three cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of developing alzheimers disease by as much as 60 per cent.

    New research shows that healthy elderly people, with no signs of the brain disease, had consumed an average of three to four cups a day since the age of 25.

    However, those with the debilitating illness drank, on average, just one cup of coffee each day.

    Scientists believe it is the caffeine in coffee that protects against alzheimers, an incurable disorder that causes disorientation and memory loss.

    Half of all sufferers die within eight years of diagnosis.

    A report from the faculty of medicine in Lisbon, Portugal, which conducted the research, said: "If confirmed, this finding should have a major impact on the prevention of alzheimers disease."

    Laboratory experiments on mice have already pointed to caffeine as a potential treatment for the disease.

    However, this is the first study to show the link in humans.

    The research, published in the European Journal of Neurology, compared 54 alzheimers patients with 54 healthy people of the same age.

    Exactly why caffeine should prevent the brain disease is not clear. The findings add to the mystery about whether caffeine-rich drinks protect against illness or are harmful.

    Scientists found people with alzheimers drank 74mg of caffeine a day - the equivalent of one cup of coffee or two to three cups of tea. Those without the disease averaged 200mg a day.

    The UK Alzheimers Society urged caution in interpreting the findings, saying studies examining the link between dementia and diet and lifestyle could give a clearer understanding.

    "All we can conclude is that long-term caffeine intake may be having a protective effect," director Dr Richard Harvey said.
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   nightingale
    Does one really strong, spoon standing, cup of Java count as three to four cups per day? Hmmmmm... hope so... or maybe I better have two of those. tehehehehehe

    B.
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    If I drink more than one cup, I am bouncing off the walls.
  5. by   2ndCareerRN
    Please remember latte is Italian for "milk", so if you ever go to Italy and order a latte, you will get a glass of milk.

    So, does that mean a mocha latte is mostly milk, and you will need to drink 10-12 of them to get the benefits of 1 cup of real coffee? Just sitting here wondering again!!


    bob
  6. by   eltrip
    Give me coffee in the morning & tea in the afternoon!
  7. by   aimeee
    Originally posted by 2ndCareerRN
    So, does that mean a mocha latte is mostly milk, and you will need to drink 10-12 of them to get the benefits of 1 cup of real coffee? Just sitting here wondering again!!


    bob
    Wonder no more, Bob. According to the values listed at this site

    http://www.cspinet.org/nah/caffeine/caffeine_corner.htm

    the average Starbucks latte (short or tall) has about 35 mg of caffiene versus 250. mg in their regular 8 oz. coffee. They list a regular cup of non-gourmet coffee as averaging 135 mg. I'll bet it varies hugely with brand and how strong you brew it.
  8. by   adrienurse
    Okay, got the coffee end covered, but there's still the matter of catching it from my patients. LOL.
  9. by   mattsmom81
    Luv my coffee...just got told by my doc I should cut down <sigh.> This is going to be tough...as I don't like the taste of decaf...it doesn't taste like the real stuff...
  10. by   bagladyrn
    Justification for me is protection of those around me! A coworker who dealt with me one day minus my coffee said "I don't know who that woman was, but I NEVER want to see her again" This said as he was presenting me with thermos of freshly brewed java.
  11. by   live4today
    I tried drinking a cup of coffee years ago, and threw it up. My stomach hurt so bad afterwards that I have never drank another cup of coffee, but do enjoy drinking herb teas or noncaffeinated teas; also love hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows in it with a cherry on top.

    Coffee smells soooooo good perking, and the aisle in the grocery store that sells fresh coffee beans, etc. smells heavenly. I always breathe in the aroma every time I go on that particular aisle in the grocery store, but do not drink it....neither does hubby.
  12. by   bagladyrn
    If you just love the aroma - check out Yankee Candles - they have one with the scent of freshly brewed coffee!
  13. by   ceecel.dee
    Oh yes...I'll take a cup now, thanks....black!

    Morning, afternoon (with a little something sweet), even evening does not bother my sleeping (yet).

    And...NO CALORIES!!!
  14. by   cargal
    I read a study a couple years ago that nurses that drink coffee have a decreased suicide risk. Yep, every time I think I want to kill myself at work I take a coffee break and it works!

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