Wednesday, June 9, 2010

For Regular Coffee Drinkers, Caffeine May Not Boost Alertness

Source: Health Day (Summary by NIM)

For many of us, coffee makes a regular appearance on our morning menus, as well as during times of fatigue or whenever we need a little boost throughout the day. The general thinking of most people is that coffee provides us with energy and helps us focus, but according to researchers, it may all be a sham!

Researchers from the University of Bristol in England are now saying that for regular coffee drinkers, the consumption of caffeine may simply bring them back to a normal ‘baseline’ of alertness, similar to people who don’t dink coffee at all. Furthermore, abstaining from drinking coffee can lead to symptoms of withdrawal – namely headache and irritability.

The study, published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, suggests that when regular coffee drinkers miss out on their coffee fix, they tend to develop symptoms of a “coffee hangover”. Not to worry, though – this is quickly and easily remedied by drinking a cup of Joe, which can bring coffee drinkers back to “baseline”.

Now, if you’re thinking you should quit drinking coffee since you might be ‘addicted’, consider the fact that coffee has many other great health benefits. Since it contains antioxidants, it may help prevent all kinds of diseases, plus the caffeine it contains can rev up your metabolism and help you lose weight!

See if it’s worth your while to drink coffee by reading the article called “Coffee's Jolt Just an Illusion?” from Health Day (June 2, 2010).