Monday, August 17, 2009

Cup a Joe

Coffee May Improve Memory- I saw this in today's paper and wanted to share...

That morning cup of joe may help reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's patients.A new study shows caffeine significantly decreases abnormal levels of the protein linked to Alzheimer's disease in the brain and blood of mice that show symptoms of the disease.In the study, 55 mice were genetically altered to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. After displaying signs of memory impairment, the mice were given the equivalent of five cups of coffee a day in their drinking water. After two months, the mice that had been given caffeine showed a nearly 50 percent reduction in the levels of beta amyloid, a substance that contributes to the sticky clumps of plaques that are characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. The study also suggests caffeine suppresses inflammatory changes in the brain that lead to an excess of beta amyloid."The new findings provide evidence that caffeine could be a viable 'treatment' for established Alzheimer's disease, and not simply a protective strategy," Gary Arendash, Ph.D., a University of South Florida neuroscientist with the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in Tampa, Fla., was quoted saying. "That's important because caffeine is a safe drug for most people, it easily enters the brain, and it appears to directly affect the disease process."
SOURCE: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, published online July 5, 2009

Isn't it great when they find out that something we love (like chocolate or wine) is actually good for us. Not in large quanities, but in reasonable amounts these foods will improve our health. Even when I was a kid I loved the smell of coffee. When Mom would open the can of Folger's, I'd be right there to take a whiff! My Grandma Risley was the one who "taught" me to drink coffee at about the age of 12. I would set at the breakfast table and watch her "read the coffeegrounds." Now this may be foreign to most of you, but Grandma was Cherokee Indian and folklore had been taught from an early age. She would finish her coffee, then turn her cup over into the saucer and turn it 3 full rotations. We'd sit and wait, together. In a few minutes she would turn the cup right side up and tell me what she saw. Sometimes the grounds would appear as a road and a larger speck might be a person coming to see her. Another time she would see many small specks, maybe rain or snow. Grandma would fix me a cup with cream and a little sugar and encourage me to drink. I did everything she told me and she was right, it was delicious!

After I married I carried on the tradition of buying Folgers for years until one day it just didn't taste the same. Starbucks woke us all up to the fact that a whole world of coffeebeans was out there, waiting for us. We now use beans exclusively and our Melitta coffeepot grinds the beans on one side and brews on the other. The first cup of coffee each morning is always the best, but I can drink coffee throughout the day...especially in cold weather.

My memory can use some improvement these days, I'm just glad that coffee is the answer!


  1. Viva Coffee!
    Hope all is good with you.
    Happy Twirls

  2. We LOVE coffee too Joycee! Love this fun and yummy post!

    Thanks for your sweet visit.
    ~Blessings my friend, ~Melissa :)

  3. I love coffee but my husband doesn't like it. One of my favorite things to do is go out and sit and have a good cup of coffee. So I save that treat for when I go out with friends. Have a warm and sunny day!

  4. I too have fragrant coffee memories. My grandmother taught me how to make what we called "black coffee" (actually expresso) we were allowed to have it only on Sundays with milk and lots of sugar. Add some fresh rolls from the Italian bakery and I was in heaven!

    These days I perk coffee each morning in an old unassuming percolator which I wouldn't trade for anything!!! You might find this post I did about Tasseography (reading coffee grounds) interesting.

    Now I'm craving a nice hot cup of coffee and it's 99 degrees outside!!!

  5. Glad to hear that coffee is good for you. I didn't start drinking coffee until after I married and had to fix it for Larry, but I do love a good cup of coffee.

    We started buying 8 O'clock beans back in the '70's and have been buying them ever since.

  6. I am a coffee drinker. As a matter of fact I drink so much coffee that it will never be necessary to embalm me.

  7. What a great post!!!! I drank Folgers all my life "until" my stepdaughter went to work for Starbucks and brings me a pound on visits!!!! I supplement her gifts in between visits,,,,love me some breakfast blend!!!!


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