What’s The Deal With Coffee?

This piece is loosely based on information, originally brought to public attention in 1997 via Stephen R. Braun’s 224-page book: Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine.

First of all, know this: the human brain, and caffeine are not explained easily by modern science. When you are awake, brain neurons are shooting away rapidly, and as a byproduct they produce something called adenosine. When adenosine levels climb to a certain point in the spinal cord and brain, you will become sleepy. Out of the body’s adenosine receptors, caffeine interacts with the A1 receptor the most. Caffeine functions as an adenosine copycat.

So caffeine is not as simple as a direct stimulant, such as amphetamines; its effect on alertness is more subtle than that.
Caffeine can enhance work output for work which is straightforward and does not require lots of abstract and subtle thinking, in which, coffee has proved to help increase output and quality. In addition, caffeine has been seen to improve memory creation and retention when it comes to “declarative memory,” which what students use to remember lists or answers to questions on their exams.
When it comes to caffeine’s effect on your work, you will do better to think speed and not power.
The effectiveness of caffeine consumption varies significantly from person to person, because of genetic and other factors. The average half-life of caffeine is about five hours in a human body. Women taking oral birth control medication need about twice as long to process caffeine. Women whom are between the ovulation and beginning of their menstruation period see a similar, if less severe, extended half-life. And as one starts to take in caffeine regularly, the body and mind build develop a tolerance to it.

2 Replies to “What’s The Deal With Coffee?”

  1. Excellent post! It is getting easier to find information on coffee and it’s advantages. With a little research nowadays you can find a lot of different studies that have been performed over the years.

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