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Caffeinate me!

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Well, it turns out that coffee is not only good at preventing Parkinson’s (when consumed in massive quantities), it can also alleviate the symptoms (in more modest quantities).

Or so says a study reported in New Scientist:

Ronald Postuma of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and colleagues gave 61 people with Parkinson’s a 6-week course of pills containing the caffeine equivalent of about three cups of coffee every day, or a placebo.

Only people in the caffeine group showed a significant improvement in tests for motor problems, such as the severity of their tremors, and general mobility (Neurology, DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318263570d).

I wonder how big their cups are, and how strong their coffee is?

I further wonder whether s result is in any way related to the observations about chocolate.

Apparently, this is due to the fact that caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in the brain, and that adenosine receptors “normally inhibit the production of dopamine”.

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3 thoughts on “Caffeinate me!

  1. I dont drink coffee wonder about tea, or soda maybe mountain due ?
    Have a Blessed Day
    Joy

  2. Oh dear. That means that to get any benefit here I have to increase from 7 cups per day to 10….
    And there was me thinking I should cut down on on my coffee consumption!

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