It’s popular to hate on coffee and caffeine in a few health circles, but there’s been plenty of evidence that coffee and caffeine do a body good, especially your brain. The key is moderation, the same rule that governs most of the wonderful things in our lives.
But here is what caffeine does for our brains:
Kickstarts our memory. That jolt you get from coffee does more than make you a bit more alert; it actually briefly kickstarts your mental processing. Caffeine accomplishes this by binding to the neurotransmitter that causes sleepiness and preventing it from attaching to the receptors.
Inhibits Inflammation. Polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that prevents osteoporosis, cancer, and heart disease, are in coffee. There’s also some evidence that these polyphenols in coffee reduce inflammation in the cortex and hippocampus of the brain.
Protects against Alzheimer’s. With this inflammation inhibition, the effects also help stave off Alzheimer’s, something we’ve discussed before. A study has found that those who consistently consume 3-5 cups of a coffee a day could have as much as a 20% decrease in developing Alzheimer’s.
Improves brain function for a lifetime. A study from the National Institute on Aging found that men and women over the age of 70 performed better on mental functioning tests if they consumed caffeine first.
Obviously, caffeine won’t prevent aging or the lovely side effects that comes with the process of life, but studies are showing that a healthy dose of caffeine each day can delay the inevitable for far longer. And in doing so can create a more optimal life in your golden years.
Have you had your cup or two of coffee today?