Nearly 83% of Americans drink coffee and the popularity is only rising in an ever-increasing chaotic world. We need that dose of caffeine to start our mornings or add a jolt of energy to our mid-day slump. Is coffee the only way to keep your brain sharp? No. But it is one of the best tasting ways.
The Evidence is piling up for coffee instead of against its consumption. In the past, coffee has had a bit of a dangerous reputation. It’s been said to dehydrate, to cause stomach-lining problems, and to cause heartburn. But new studies are showing that coffee actually isn’t that bad for us and in some ways it’s even GOOD for us.
New studies have found that quality coffee can improve alertness as well as reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Taking approximately 4-5 cups of coffee each day blocks a large number of adenosine receptors in the brain. This blockage allows caffeine users to gain mental acuity and prevent the dreaded neurodegenerative diseases that often come in old age.
So what this means for you, the coffee-loving person, is that you can keep on drinking your coffee without much worry. The research is accumulating and the results are showing benefits for those drinking coffee rather than a list of negative side affects.
The bottom line: If you don’t have a severe stomach problem prior to taking coffee, then coffee will not create one for you. If you don’t suffer from a severe anxiety disorder, then taking coffee will not make you more anxious. If you don’t see any adverse affects from drinking coffee, then keep on drinking and enjoy the added mental benefits now and well into the future. We certainly know we will.