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Coffee and the Mind

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Many researches have studied how coffee affects the brain and its functions. Its potential effects are highly related to caffeine, one of the main ingredients in coffee. 

Coffee and Mental Agility 

Caffeine in coffee stimulates the central nervous system. Several studies have demonstrated that, depending on the level of consumption, caffeine can help improve mental agility, especially by being alert and improving attention and concentration. 

– The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is a direct connection between the consumption of 75 mg of caffeine (the average amount in a cup of coffee) and an improvement in the state of alertness and attention of the organism.1 

– Caffeine can help a person stay awake in situations that thus require it, like driving at night2, 3, night shifts4, colds5, and after lunch6.  

– In a sample of people under 40 years of age, a study found that caffeine or coffee can help those who suffer from jet lag of work shift changes7.  

– Some studies have demonstrated that caffeine can improve memory, particularly when it comes to tedious or repetitive tasks.

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  1. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) (2011) Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to caffeine and increased fat oxidation leading to a reduction in body fat mass (ID 735, 1484), increased energy expenditure leading to a reduction in body weight (ID 1487), increased alertness (ID 736, 1101, 1187, 1485, 1491, 2063, 2103) and increased attention (ID 736, 1485, 1491, 2375) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/20061.EFSA Journal, 9(4):2054. 
  2. Nehlig A. (2016) Effects of coffee/caffeine on brain health and disease: What should I tell my patients?Pract Neurol, 16(2):89-95. 
  3. Smit H.R. and Rogers P.J. (2000) Effects of low doses of caffeine on cognitive performance, mood and thirst in low and higher caffeine consumers.Psychophymacology, 152:167-173. 
  4. Quinlan P.T. et al. (2000) The acute physiological and mood effects of tea and coffee: the role of caffeine level.Pharmacol Biochem Behav, 66(1):19-28. 
  5. Schmitt J.A.J. et al. (2005) General methodological considerations for the assessment of nutritional influences on human cognitive functions.Eur J Nutr,44:459-464. 
  6. Einother S.J.L. and Giesbrecht T. (2012) Caffeine as an attention enhancer: reviewing existing assumptions.Psychopharmacology, 225(2):251-274. 

Brunyé T.T. et al. (2010) Caffeine modulates attention network function.Brain Cogn, 72:181-8.


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