Your Morning Cup of Coffee has More Benefits than You Presume
- May 13, 2016
Coffee is not for the kids but for the high school and the college goers, having a cup of coffee has several benefits apart from functioning as the morning energy booster.
Health impact of coffee has been a controversial topic for quite some time but today, there are several pieces of evidence that prove coffee has the power to give a boost to your brain.
Some researchers carried out a few tests on a group of around one hundred people. The participants were given a few images and were asked to remember them. Following this, some of the respondents were given caffeine pill. The respondents who were given caffeine pill could remember the pictures more clearly even a day later.
The study has made it clear that coffee does not just perk you up, but it can give a boost to your memory as well.
Dr. Yassa, from the University of California, pointed out, ‘If we used a standard recognition memory task without these tricky similar items, we would have found no effect of caffeine. However, using these items requires the brain to make a more difficult discrimination, what we call pattern separation, which seems to be the process enhanced by caffeine.’
Coffee can affect your mood, increase alertness as well as the capacity of studying. Here are a few ways coffee can offer you study benefits.
Improves Alertness and Focus
Caffeine gets into the brain easily, affecting the brain cells in a positive manner. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system. This powerful stimulant has a role to play in enhancement of brain functioning.
Research shows that caffeine intake casts a significant impact on parts of the brain, responsible for concentration and memory. There are several evidences that support a cause and effect connection between alertness and caffeine consumption. However, remember that there aren’t studies suggesting higher intake of caffeine can lead to increased awareness. In fact, too much of caffeine intake can be deadly. Though this is not very common, having too much of coffee can cause cardiovascular concerns and this may lead to death.[caption id="attachment_878" align="alignnone" width="640"]
Enhances Short-Term Memory
If you are cramming for tomorrow’s exam, coffee can really prove to be a lifesaver. According to a study, coffee aids in retaining information for at least a day. "We've always known that caffeine has cognitive-enhancing effects, but its particular effects on strengthening memories and making them resistant to forgetting has never been examined in detail in humans," pointed out Michael Yassa.
It is not clear how caffeine aids in storing memories. One of the plausible reasons can be its role in improving the level of norepinephrine, the hormone that facilitates storing memories. However, we don’t know how long the impact lasts or how it varies from one individual to another.
The next time you try to soak up information, reward yourself with a cup of coffee. This will help you remember the information you learned.
Offers Relief from Fatigue
Coffee can be a real help for you if you are tired and drowsy of yesterday’s late night study session. Without coffee, you will find it tough to get enough hours in the day to balance partying and studying with efficiency.
As you know, millions of people depend on coffee to remain energized through the day; you can also consider using the stimulant for combating fatigue and persistent dreariness.
Remember not to go overboard. Caffeine is quite addictive and the more you have it, the more will you crave for it.
Coffee is a really enjoyable drink that gives a boost to energy as well as increases the ability to remember and learn. However, remember that it must be complemented with proper study schedule, exercise and hard work. Though coffee comes with an array of advantages, make sure that you understand the side effects before you start having it. It can lead to nervousness, insomnia, restlessness, vomiting, nausea, increased pulse rate as well as an array of other effects. You may also become dependent on caffeine leading to withdrawal symptoms like irritability and headache. Just make sure you have it in moderation to accrue the best results.
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