Decaffeinated coffee 'can help improve memory'

8 February 2012

Innovative health research has suggested that decaffeinated coffee could help people to improve their brain's memory limits.

According to a study led by Dr Giulio Maria Pasinetti, from New York's Mount Sinai School, the drink has already been found to treat type 2 diabetes in mice.

After consuming decaffeinated coffee, the animals had raised levels of glucose in their bodies – a product which commonly drops when people suffer from type 2 diabetes.

Mr Pasinetti commented: "This is the first evidence showing the potential benefits of decaffeinated coffee preparations for both preventing and treating cognitive decline caused by type 2 diabetes, ageing, and/or neurodegenerative disorders."

The expert is now hoping to expand the tests to humans, in order to improve a person's memory limits so to thwart diseases of the brain and age-related forgetfulness.

Meanwhile, a group of researchers at the University of Bristol has recently suggested that a novel mechanism could be a key reason for a person's brain functions commonly slowing down during their elder years.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

Randall, Brown et al. "Age-related changes to Na+ channel gating contribute to modified intrinsic neuronal excitability". Neurobiology of Aging. February 1st 2012.

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