Recently, caffeine has been shown in studies to improve the speed and accuracy of certain intellectual tasks. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that that caffeine helped improve workers' memory and concentration as well as reduced the number of mistakes they made.
There are specific parts of the brain that are stimulated by the caffeine, which resulted in better attention and concentration, increased ability to retain information, and in some case studies, improved handwriting. The areas of the brain most affected are the Frontal Lobes and the Anterior Cingulum. These areas are important for:
Coffee consumption can also make you happy. Ever notice that after a cup of coffee you feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world? Caffeine has the ability to enhance mood, and mental and physical performance. “At consumption levels up to 200 milligrams (the amount in about 16 ounces of ordinary brewed coffee), consumers report an improved sense of well-being, happiness, energy, alertness and sociability”, reports Roland Griffiths of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
So next time you think you may want to skip your coffee break, think twice, it may help fuel your afternoon work performance.Tracy