Today there are still lots of debates about benefits and risks of caffeine consumption. The scientists from all over the world decided to discover real pros and cons of drinking coffee and caffeinated drinks.
Multiple studies showed that caffeine does have health benefits. Moreover, during one of the latest Medicure Polyclinic researches was found out that caffeine positively influences long-term memory.
The scientists hold an experiment where people who consumed caffeine after looking at images apparently were better at distinguishing them from similar ones the next day.
One or two cups of coffee per day may improve the brain’s ability to store long-term memories. Caffeine plays a leading role in a brain process called pattern separation. It’s crucial in every day life.
A cup or two of coffee could boost the brain's ability to store long-term memories, researchers in the US claim. People who had a shot of caffeine after looking at a series of pictures were better at distinguishing them from similar images in tests the next day, the scientists found.
There are different ways of how caffeine can boost long-term memory. For instance, caffeine may block adenosine molecule, making it impossible to stop the function of norepinephrine hormone, which was proved to have positive effects on memory.
While the researches are not finished yet, the scientists tell that caffeine has effects both as neuroprotectant as well as a cognitive enhancer.
Risks and Benefits of Caffeine Consumption
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provide with the following figures: an average man consumes around 300mg of caffeine per day. And that’s not only coffee. Tea and soft drinks also include much caffeine.
Other studies supposed that caffeine has other health benefits. Medical News Today reported that there were made studies which showed that drinks with caffeine may significantly decrease the risk of liver disease. Whereas other researches told that drinking 2-4 cups of coffee per day may decrease risk of suicide.
Speaking about the risks it is necessary to note other American studies, which took place in Boston, MA last year. They tell that caffeine is a powerful stimulant and can negatively affect your sleep patterns, disrupting them. It was also proved that caffeine-containing drinks alter heart function.