Kick Starting Your Memory with a Cup of Joe
Most people grab a cup of coffee in the morning to give their day a kick-start. In fact, about 80 percent of adults consume caffeine every day. The caffeine in that cup of joe boosts alertness, but a new study shows that it may also benefit memory too.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that caffeine stimulates certain memories for up to 24 hours after drinking it. Study subjects, who were low caffeine consumers, had memories that were more permanent and less forgettable after drinking coffee. The best dose to enhance memory was at least 200 mg of caffeine, which is about what you would find in a large cup of coffee.
While researchers don’t believe that this new finding has any practical significance for people with memory loss due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, anyone drinking caffeine could see increases in memory retention. This finding, in addition to acknowledged benefits to attention, alertness, and vigilance, is leading researchers to study further the effect of caffeine on learning in normal people.
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