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Coffee | Good Or Bad For Brain

Coffee is a widely popular drink.

It has been unfairly demonized in the past, but is actually very healthy.

In fact, coffee is a major source of antioxidants in the Western diet.

It’s also associated with many health benefits, including a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and liver disease.

But does coffee also have benefits for your brain? Let’s find out.

Active Ingredients in Coffee

Coffee is an incredibly healthy beverage. It contains hundreds of bioactive compounds that contribute to its powerful health benefits.

Many of these compounds are antioxidants, which fight the damage caused by free radicals in your cells.

Here are coffee’s most important active ingredients :

  • Caffeine: The main active ingredient in coffee, caffeine stimulates the central nervous system. It is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance worldwide .
  • Chlorogenic acids (CGAs): These polyphenol antioxidants may benefit some biological pathways, such as blood sugar metabolism and high blood pressure, both of which are related to the risk of age-related mental decline .
  • Cafestol and kahweol: Present in coffee’s natural oil, high amounts of these compounds are found in unfiltered coffee. They may be good for the liver and protect against cancer, but a high intake may raise LDL cholesterol .
  • Trigonelline: This alkaloid compound is unstable at high heat and during roasting forms nicotinic acid, also known as niacin (vitamin B3). Trigonelline may also help prevent dental cavities by inhibiting bacterial growth.

However, the amounts of these substances in a cup of coffee may vary.

They depend on a number of factors, including the type of coffee beans, how the beans are roasted and how much you drink.

How Caffeine Can Boost Brain Function

Studies have shown that caffeine can boost brain function in the short term.

This is largely because it blocks adenosine from binding to its receptors.

But caffeine also stimulates the central nervous system by promoting the release of other neurotransmitters, including noradrenaline, dopamine and serotonin.

Caffeine may improve various aspects of brain function, including :

  • Mood.
  • Reaction time.
  • Vigilance.
  • Attention.
  • Learning.
  • General mental function.

That being said, you may develop a tolerance to caffeine over time. This means you will need to consume more coffee than before to get the same effects.