I am a coffee addict !!
I drink lots of coffee daily. Sometimes 3 to 4 cups a day. I start my days usually early at 5 am; 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 make you productive and help you get more work done?
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 by Looking at Some Interesting Facts on Coffee Consumption
- Brazil is the World Leader in Coffee Production. Who knew?
- Finland and the Netherlands consume the most coffee per capita. Even though most of the coffee chains such as Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, Dunkin Donuts, McCafe all originated in North America – US and Canada barely made the Top 20 list.
- Coffee is the most expensive in Japan.
- British drink more tea than coffee. No surprises there!
- Athletes who test more than 12 mg of caffeine can be banned from the Olympic Games.
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:
1. Lowers 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 daily 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.
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).
2. Improves 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 puts a halt to the compound in your brain that makes you sleepy. That compound is called adenosine – which over 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, and makes you more productive.
3. Help 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
- More Consensus on Coffee’s Consumption than you might think
- What Drinking Coffee Does to you
- Can Coffee Enhance Productivity
- What Caffeine Does to Your Brain
- 3 Scientific Links Between Coffee and Productivity at Work
- Science of Why coffee makes you more productive
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 back up your coffee addiction. You should be happy!! Perhaps you can grab your next cup as soon as 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.
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