Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Coffee for brain power

Instead of turning to coffee only in late-night emergencies, I am sipping on a steady intake of coffee throughout the day. Because this batch was roasted by so-and-so, this batch is from a different region, & etc. Some people here can even pinpoint the components of a blend.

To be honest, I can’t taste the difference. But I’m realizing first how watered down instant coffee tastes.

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There are many brain benefits of coffee.

For one, consumption of caffeine increases readers’ identification of complex global errors. A breakfast of cereal and coffee was shown to increase memory performance and decrease feelings of fatigue. Researchers at University of South Florida (yay Tampa!) found that a mystery component in coffee helps fight off Alzheimer’s. Consumption of coffee is also associated with decreased risk of Parkinson’s.

However, there might be a gender difference in effects of coffee. In a study of 64 subjects by Bristol University psychologists, coffee increased performance in women under stress while decreased performance in men in similar conditions.

But remember that coffee stains your teeth. For times when caffeine is necessary to get things done, there are little things you can do to minimize the damages like delaying brushing your teeth after drinking it. Or switching it up between coffee and teas.

I’m expecting many nights of coffee and conversation (or cramming) in dental school, so plenty opportunities to taste and critique coffee to come!

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