More good news for coffee drinkers… I think.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day helped protect older women against some age-related memory decline, French researchers said on Monday, giving women more reason to love the world’s most popular stimulant.
Men did not enjoy the same benefit, they said.
“The more coffee one drank, the better the effects seemed to be on (women’s) memory functioning in particular,” said Karen Ritchie at the French National Institute of Medical Research, whose work appears in the journal Neurology.
They found that women who drank more than three cups of coffee per day, or its caffeine equivalent in tea, retained more of their verbal and — to a lesser extent — visual memories over four years.
These women had a 33 percent lower odds of having verbal memory declines and 18 percent lower odds of having visual and spatial memory declines, compared to women who drank one cup or fewer per day.
Some studies in mice have suggested that caffeine might block the buildup of proteins that lead to mental decline.
Yet one more… what was I saying?
Oh yes. Yet one more reason to drink coffee – to improve your memory. While that’s great news for women, I’m not so sure it’s great news for men. Don’t wives remember what men did far too long already?