Coffee perks up memory and balance in geriatric animals

Beneficial doses amount to a full pot’s worth.

By Janet Raloff, 15:27 PM July 22, 2010

CHICAGO Millions of Americans start their day with a cup of coffee and then reach for refills when their energy or attention flags. But new research in rats suggests that for the aging brain, coffee may serve as more than a mere stimulant. It can boost memory and the signaling essential to motor coordination.

But here's the rub: If the same effects hold for humans, downing a morning cup or two just won’t cut it. The new data, presented July 20 at the Institute of Food Technologists annual m...

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