Best news ever.
All that said, however, I have decided to throw caution to the wind and get excited about this recent news. As it turns out, there may be a readily available foodstuff that can help prevent multiple sclerosis. Maybe:
Mice given caffeine equivalent to a human drinking six to eight cups of coffee a day were protected from developing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the animal model for the human disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS), according to researchers at Cornell University.
Caffeine is a well-known adenosine receptor blocker, and the researchers believe results show the importance of this molecule in permitting the infiltration of immune cells into the central nervous system of patients with MS.
Caffeine's stimulatory effects on the CNS are in large part due to its ability to bind to the same receptors as adenosine, thus blocking adenosine's ability to affect CNS cells. Mice that consumed caffeine in their drinking water were protected from development of EAE, the MS model. Dr. Bynoe concludes that these experiments show that CD73 and adenosine receptor signaling are required for the efficient entry of immune cells into the CNS during the initiation and progression of EAE in mice and, quite possibly, during the development of MS in humans.
Dr. Bynoe adds, "These results might mark the first in a series of discoveries from our lab that could spawn the impetus for the development of adenosine-based therapies for the treatment of MS."
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that's right: I can now justify the consumption of my drug of choice** with the claim that it is not merely fun, but actually good for me!
I don't think I've ever been so happy!
* In my view one of the most revolting food items widely available in this country.
** Caffeine in virtually any liquid form and particularly coffee. Still, I concede I am rather intrigued by Shower Shock.