2007-08-06 Caffeine May Help Women's Memory - Drinking 3 or More Daily Cups of Coffee or Tea May Help Older Women Retain Memory


The caffeine in three daily cups of coffee or tea may help older women preserve their memory, a new French study shows.

Researchers included Karen Ritchie, PhD, of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Montpellier, France.

Ritchie's team studied some 7,000 men and women aged 65 and older (average age: 74) in three French cities: Bordeaux, Dijon, and Montpellier.(Read entire article)

2007-08-28 Caffeine May Slow Cognitive Decline in Older Women (Content provided by Reuters)


(Reuters Health) - Several cups of coffee or tea per day seem to slow the loss of brain cells in elderly women, but caffeine has no effect on dementia itself, according to results of a new study. Dr. Karen Ritchie, a scientist at INSERM U888 in Montpellier, France, and her associates followed 2,820 men and 4,197 women, age 65 or older, and free of dementia. The team assessed the participants' caffeine consumption in terms of 100-milligram "units"; one cup of coffee was considered to contain 100 mg of caffeine and tea, 50 mg.

Caffeine consumption was relatively stable over time. At the start of the study, 16 percent of women and 13 percent of men drank more than 3 units per day, the team reports in the medical journal Neurology. (Read entire article)