4 Ways Coffee Can Keep You Mentally Sharp

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Aside from giving you a nice lift every morning, did you know coffee also can help keep you mentally sharp? Here are 4 ways: 

Have you heard the latest announcement from the nation's federal advisory committee? The committee's job is to help write the guidelines the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To explain more, the board has stated that "drinking up to 5 cups of coffee a day can be part of a healthy lifestyle." The committee bases this statement on the extensive research that has been coming out recently about coffee combating heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  This is fantastic news for the coffee-holics out there. While the report does a great job of talking about physical benefits of drinking coffee regularly, did you now there are a lot of mental benefits to drinking coffee?

Here are 4 benefits that will make your next cup of coffee so much more satisfying.

  • Coffee can make you smarter:

    • ​​How? Coffee contains caffeine -> caffeine contains adenosine -> adenosine increases neauronal firing in the brain. All really fancy and complicating sounding right? Well to put it simply, drinking a natural stimulant like coffee helps your brain function. This improved functionality will increase your memory, vigilance and general cognitive function. So have another cup you braniac you. - AuthorityNutrition.com 
  • Coffee helps fight dementia and Alzheimer's disease:

    • How? According to research done in the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging participants who kept their daily coffee intake steady during the research were "in the best mental shape" compared to those with erratic coffee consumption. The research proved that the healthy properties in coffee helped combat the early onset of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Keep your brain sharp, for longer.  - Forbes.com 
  • Coffee can improve wakefulness in situations of reduced alertness (duh)

    • How? Beautiful caffeine. This is probably the most obvious point on our list. But, there's a LOT of great research that has gone into studying coffee's effects on people running on little sleep. In fact, according to coffeeandhealth.org coffee can improve wakefulness in "night-time driving, working at night, suffering from a cold and during the post-lunch dip." So yes, that afternoon cup of coffee does help and is backed up by science. - Coffeeandhealth.org
  • Coffee just makes you feel good

    • How? The caffeine in coffee prevents dopamine from getting reabsorbed into your system which leaves the feel good chemical in our brains longer. Having a hard day? Have another cup of coffee and enjoy the caffeinated bliss that follows shortly afterwards. - cnet.com 

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