Study: Caffeine could stop MS

Posted by Amanda Lents

An extra cup of Joe could be just the jolt your body needs to fend off multiple sclerosis.

In a new study, researchers found large amounts of caffeine were able to stop the progression of MS in lab mice.

When mice that were immunized to develop an MS like condition drank the equivalent of six to eight cups of coffee a day, they stayed healthy.

Researchers say caffeine prevented white blood cells from reaching the rodent's central nervous system, avoiding the series of events that normally leads to the animal equivalent of multiple sclerosis.

But they aren't sure humans will respond in the same way and suggest studies tracking caffeine use and its effect on MS patients may be helpful.