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Evidence found that caffeine has preventive effect on Alzheimer's

Published on Apr 10, 2014 1:16 AM

PARIS (AFP) - French and German researchers on Wednesday said they had found evidence in the lab to back theories that drinking caffeine has a preventive effect on Alzheimer's disease.

In mice, regular doses of caffeine inhibited the growth of tau, a protein that clogs brain cells in Alzheimer's patients, they said.

The discovery was made among mice that had been genetically modified to produce tau.

They were given a tiny dose of caffeine - 0.3 grammes per litre - in their drinking water over 10 months.

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