Justification For My Coffee Habit

August 6, 2007

The French National Institute of Medical Research has found that caffeine consumption may slow memory loss.

“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.”

Although they have yet to figure out the actual role that coffee played preventing memory loss, or whether current or former caffeine consumption made the difference, this article on Reuters detailing the study made me happy.  Now, when someone tells me that caffeine is unhealthy and addictive, I can just joke that I’m preserving my mental acuity. 

Now, why don’t they get to work on finding health benefits in steak frites or champagne – after all, it was a group of French scientists that performed the study.

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