Did You Hear about…

Did you hear the one about “coffee protects female memory” ? I guess you’re thinking OK ! this guy is really on a different planet, but no ! it’s true. French researchers at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research conducted a study over 4 years using about 7,000 women aged 65 years and over and noticed that those who drank more than 3 cups of coffee per day as opposed to those who only drank 1 cup of coffee per day showed less decline in memory tests. Apparently, caffeine is a known psycho-stimulant (i.e it stimulates the mind and hence memory) however, no one knows why it does not have the same effect on men – one theory is that caffeine affects women more than men – so sorry guys, perhaps you’ve got to drink a lot more to remember stuff, just kidding – I don’t want to be sued. In any case, as with all research of this nature, don’t go rushing to conclusions like trying to give women less coffee so they don’t remember stuff like wedding anniversaries, birthdays, etc – it’s not going to work. Nevertheless, the study does show that caffeine might slow down dementia, but a longer study is needed before caffeine is prescribed for things like Alzheimer disease. For more reading, consult the BBC News Website.

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