How coffee affects the brain, body, and health - Neuroscience News - Deepstash
How coffee affects the brain, body, and health - Neuroscience News

How coffee affects the brain, body, and health - Neuroscience News

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Reading this with a cup of coffee,aren't you?

Reading this with a cup of coffee,aren't you?

The main biologically active ingredients in coffee are caffeine (a stimulant) and a suite of antioxidants.The stimulant properties of caffeine mean that you can count on a cup of coffee to wake you up. In fact, coffee, or at least the caffeine it contains, is the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world. It seems to work as a stimulant, at least in part, by blocking adenosine, which promotes sleep, from binding to its receptor.

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What about the antioxidnants present in it?

What about the antioxidnants present in it?

Metabolic processes produce the energy necessary for life, but they also create waste, often in the form of oxidized molecules that can be harmful in themselves or in damaging other molecules.Antioxidants are a broad group of molecules that can scrub up dangerous waste

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Does coffee have an effect on cancer?

Coffee won’t cure cancer, but it may help to prevent it. What is cancer? At its simplest, cancer is uncontrolled cell growth, which is fundamentally about regulating when genes are, or are not, actively expressed.The antioxidants in coffee may actually have a cancer-fighting effect. Remember that antioxidants fight cellular damage. One type of damage that they may help reduce is mutations to DNA, and cancer is caused by mutations that lead to the misregulation of genes.

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Long term effect of coffee, "brain entropy"

Caffeine has a longer-term brain effect that initially sounds frightening – it sparks “brain entropy.”  Odd as it seems, this is actually a good thing.caffeine, as a potent psychostimulant, facilities faster information processing—causing brain networks to connect with more speed and efficiency-through a process of “cerebral entropy,”even when the brain isn't actively engaged. The researchers reported they found that caffeine “increased resting brain activity irregularity or complexity, suggesting an increase of information processing capacity in the resting brain.”

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The bottom line

The bottom line

This effect may underlie outcomes found in previous observational research showing that in the long-term caffeine appears to improve cognitive performance, including verbal memory, and may also protect against cognitive decline.

Apart from all the medical benefits, if a cup of god brewed coffee improves your day, then go for it.

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