Coffee And Mental Health
There are many different reasons why people enjoy coffee. Some love the rich, aromatic flavor; while others enjoy the social aspect of sitting down to spend time with a friend over a hot cup of coffee. Regardless of the reason, coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world.
There have been a lot of studies done to investigate the health effects of coffee. Some of these have concentrated on the effect to a person’s mental health as a result of drinking coffee. The main ingredient in coffee is caffeine, which is a mildly addictive stimulant. There have been many positive mental health effects noted as a result of coffee consumption including an improved mood, mental alertness, and a better ability to concentrate. These are thought to be a result of the stimulant effect of the caffeine, as well as the ability of the coffee aroma to stimulate the production of glucocorticoids in the brain, which promote a sense of well-being.
Drinking coffee has been definitively linked to a lower risk for both Alzheimer’s and dementia. The general consensus among mental health researchers is that while excessive coffee consumption can cause insomnia and irritability, moderate consumption provides a sense of physical, emotional, and mental well-being.