Can Caffeine Boost Your Memory
Is Caffeine A Useful Nootropic Ingredient?
Although not technically classed as a nootropic, Caffeine is frequently taken alongside other nootropic ingredients to help improve mental function and brain performance…A stimulant by nature it has been extensively documented to help stimulate the nervous system and provide a temporary increased in mental alertness, wakefulness and concentration..
Caffeine is found primarily in the fruit, beans and leaves of certain plants.. none more so than the coffee plant..
Its main uses are often for energy boosting, weight loss and in certain pain relief products where it is combined with certain analgesics
The Effects Of Caffeine
When taken caffeine acts a direct replacement for a chemical called adenosine… adenosine helps to keep your system under control, stopping it to over act, or get excited… the action of caffeine actually does the opposite, in making us excited or restless…. if the two compounds are both present in the body and are targeting the same receptors, then caffeine will win every time…. its effects can overpower the efforts of adenosine to control our system.
Caffeine helps to stimulate the brain and our central nervous system, it helps to release certain neurotransmitters such as dopamine, which in turn helps us to experience greater feelings of clarity and the ability to focus..This dopaminergic action of caffeine has been likened to the effects of taking drugs such as cocaine and heroine, albeit in a much milder form
Benefits Of Taking Caffeine
Caffeine can be taken in many forms and the facts are that its effect on the body doesn’t vary much no matter how you take it…. there are some documented benefits:
Taking two cups of strong coffee per day has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer by up to 20%, the development of cirrhosis by 80% and the risk of gallstones by 50%
Those that drink coffee regularly are ( we understand) less likely to develop conditions such as parkinson disease – something that highlights caffeine’s benefits to brain cells..
There is even a suggestion that caffeine can help protect against alzheimers disease, that said, research is currently ongoing into this claim.
There have been many studies that looked at the effects of caffeine on the body… this study looked at its effect on cognitive function – Read It Here –
Safe Doses Of Caffeine
It’s not easy to determine a safe daily dose, as many people take caffeine daily in numerous sources… it will also depend on the individuals ability to tolerate the substance… most users should be fine with around 300mg of caffeine per day ( about 3-4 cups of coffee.. some will tolerate more, others not so much.. with feelings of the jitters or restlessness common side effects.
Caffeine Side Effects
As mentioned above, some users could experience side effects, these can range from the jitters and/or the shakes, to sleeplessness and increased heart rate/palpitations… caffeine can stay active in your body for up to 6 hours, so you should always avoid taking it too late in the day as it could cause problems sleeping in some users..
Some users can also experience a crash as its effects wear off.. feeling fatigued and depressed are two semi common problems in some users.. Some people can develop a tolerance or dependance to caffeine, requiring every increased amounts for them to feel the effects…
Although it has certain benefits, Caffeine should be taken in moderate doses to ensure no issues resulting from its use…. a viable nootropic alternative is l-theanine which is found in green tea…. this can provide similar actions and benefits to caffeine but without many of the side effects..
The best strategy for caffeine is to not use it every day, but on an occasional basis.. by balancing the benefits with the risks, you can enjoy its powerful benefits without enduring any of the problems that it can cause…