The average American drinks three cups of coffee daily, according to Harvard School of Public Health. And that doesn’t even include the delicious adult beverages you can create. While many of us have been taught this is some sort of vice, there’s actually evidence drinking coffee boosts health. This caffeine-fueled substance is as popular as it is complex, so let’s dig deeper to see just what drinking coffee an do for you.
1. Improved cognitive function and memory
A study by Michael Yassa, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins, and his team of researchers concluded that caffeine has a positive effect on our ability to form long-term memories, reported the John Hopkins News Network.
The study, which was published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, found that patients who had consumed a coffee cup’s worth of caffeine the previous day performed better on complex memory tasks than those who had not. Caffeine consumers were especially adept at pattern separation memory exercises, exercises which reflect a deeper and subtler level of memory retention. Health reports that, in addition to sharpening your memory, caffeine keeps your brain awake and alert.