A "Latte" Benefits from Coffee
MALLIKA GANDHI College is the best time to try out new things: social events, student organizations, and campus traditions. However, in your pursuit of the real college experience, you might end up neglecting your real college work. This forces you to try out even more new things, like Red Bull, espresso, and Five Hour Energy — but don’t be ashamed of your caffeine addiction! If someone ever says that caffeine is bad for you, just refer him or her to this list.
1. You may only live once, but caffeine can give you more time to check things off your bucket list.
A joint project by the National Cancer Institute of the NIH and the AARP found that men and women between the ages of 50 and 71 who regularly drink coffee have a lower risk of overall death. In particular, they saw a decrease in heart disease, respiratory disease, and stroke.
2. Caffeine can boost your memory.
Cramming for tests becomes easier with the help of caffeine. Caffeine has been shown to improve certain types of memory. In particular, it improved the ability to remember lists of words and other forms of straightforward information.
3. Caffeine can turn that frown upside down.
Even though getting to your early morning class may be difficult, the intake of caffeine can make it easier. Caffeine increases dopamine and glutamine levels. Not only does this make you more alert, but it also provides a mood boost when taken in small doses.
4. Caffeine can give you an attention span longer than that of a goldfish.
A combined study by Canadian researchers and Microsoft Corporation found that since 2000, a person’s attention span has dropped from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. While this does mean that goldfish get to boast their 9-second attention span in our face, caffeine—in a moderate dose—can improve attention spans.
Moderate coffee consumption, defined as three or four cups a day, provides some health benefits and minimal health risks in the long run. Going above this can lead to an increase in anxiety, trouble sleeping, and a decrease in productivity. While it may seem like a good idea to substitute water and food for anything with caffeine, you still have to be somewhat responsible and consider the negative implications of living off of caffeine.