Sebastian Beaton, who runs a coffee website, put together the following information on the health benefits of coffee.
Caffeine is a well-known stimulant. We have all experienced the effects of caffeine and it’s the most commonly used psychoactive substance in the world. While caffeine can be found in a range of drinks, it’s found in its most concentrated form in coffee, which can contain up to 300 mg of caffeine.
Caffeine works by blocking the neurotransmitter adenosine, which promotes sleep and reduces heart rate. This allows the body’s brain activity to increase and enables the release of other neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine and dopamine, which increase heart rate and blood pressure and trigger the release of glucose. This creates the feeling of being more awake and alert and improves cognitive function.
Coffee also provides a short-term memory boost. A study showed that just one cup of coffee led to a surge in brain function, as measured by functional magnetic resonance imagery as volunteers undertook a memory task after consuming coffee.
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