Coffee-drug for Parkinson’s and dementias?

We have been told the benefits of caffeine (see more info HERE).

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What researchers are finding is that caffeine, the world’s most widely used drug, does more than wake people up. Caffeine is linked to improvements in memory and appears to protect against the destruction of brain cells. One of the results find that people who drank two or more cups of coffee a day had a 40 percent lower risk of developing Parkinson’s.

Because of these findings, some companies have been designing drugs to replicate the benefits of caffeine. The challenge is to go beyond the buzz of caffeine to achieve a more powerful effect on the brain — without side effects like headaches, irritability and jitters. But this hasn’t been easy. For example, Merck ended development of such a treatment for Parkinson’s disease last year after late-stage testing suggested it didn’t work. Other developers have postponed plans.

There is no cure for Parkinson’s. Drug developers are focusing on the way caffeine targets sites in an area deep in the brain called the basal ganglia, which is affected by Parkinson’s and plays a key role in movement. The medicines specifically aims to target and block adenosine A2A receptors. The goal of drug-makers is to improve movement in Parkinson’s; existing treatments become less effective over time, and side effects harder to endure.

… what are your thoughts on a “coffee pill” for the brain? Do you consume caffeine? much love.

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more information and adapted from: bloom.bg/1gGePNm

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6 thoughts on “Coffee-drug for Parkinson’s and dementias?

    • The evidence is pretty strong that people who drink ~3c per day are at a decreased risk of developing PD.
      Now, that may be due to the caffeine OR it may be due to the personality of people who choose to drink coffee OR something else unrelated to caffeine that coffee drinkers do…

      • Well, there’s no solid evidence around it being “preventative” … Just a decreased risk of PD. It could be behaviour and/or personality of caffeine consumers. It’s more the “caffeine” consumption, not whether it is espresso or drip coffee.

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