I am a coffee-addict !!
I drink lots of coffee daily. Sometimes 3 to 4 cups a day. I start off my days usually early at 5am; and I get less sleep than optimal. Plus it is autumn. As you can see, I am stacking up reasons (excuses) for my coffee addiction.
For me it is necessary to function in the morning. I think a cup of coffee (or two) is good enough.
Coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world. But does coffee really help you get more work done?
Does coffee make you more productive?
I strongly think so... But I wanted proof.
I am very analytical. And I started doing my research (scouring the web) on the benefits of coffee. And why drinking coffee might help you learn better and get more work done.
Let's start off by looking at some interesting facts on coffee consumption.
I think we all know the feeling - the increased alertness we feel after a cup of coffee. This is not something that requires a lot of evidence - you have felt this.
But I wanted to find some studies or additional data about the positive effects of drinking coffee.
The Top Benefits of Drinking Coffee are as follows:
a) Lower Risk of Heart Diseases
According to multiple studies done by the American Heart Association - the prevalent myth that coffee consumption leads to heart disease was busted. Researchers compiled data from the 37 studies of 1.2 million participants across multiple countries. They found that regular coffee drinkers who consumed more than 3 cups of coffee day were at the lowest risk for problems.
In another research - after compiling data from 11 studies among 480000 participants; it was proven that regular coffee consumption reduced the probability of stroke.
In order to see any serious implications of coffee consumption one has to drink more than 10 cups of coffee day. In other words, everything in moderation (3 or 4 cups ain't that bad).
b) Improved Alertness
Ever felt that jolt when you drank coffee - that sudden surge in energy. The feeling of improved alertness and focus. More importantly it feels like you are not tired anymore.
Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world. So how does it work?
Contrary to popular belief - it is not caffeine that keeps you alert and awake. It actually puts a halt to the compound in your brain that makes you sleepy. That compound is called adenosine - which over the course of the day lower's its energy levels and puts you to sleep. Caffeine blocks (temporarily) the brain's adenosine receptors. Who knew?
In other studies, it has been concluded that coffee increases energy; decreases fatigue; enhances cognitive performance; increases the ability to focus.
c) Helps Learn Things Faster
The coffee-fueled brain helps you learn faster and improves memory retention.
A study involving college students found that those who took more than 200 mg of caffeine recalled more words than the ones that did not consume coffee.
In another study they proved that drinking coffee improved short-term memory and increased the ability to solve reason-based problems.
No wonder, university and college campuses are filled with coffee houses.
Additional Reading on the Benefits of Coffee
You have first hand experience with the benefits of drinking coffee. Millions of people do. This is evident from the long line-ups you notice each morning at your local Starbucks. Now you have the science to backup your coffee addiction. You should be happy!! Perhaps you can grab your next cup as soon you are finished reading this.
Boy, I am now craving for my next cup of coffee. I am heading out to Tim Horton's in a bit.