There are tons of articles in the World Wide Web listing the so-called cons of consuming caffeine, but not enough has been said regarding its pros. The time has come for us to debunk some of those myths, or at least give caffeine the benefit of the doubt.

It is time to clean caffeine’s name

In a world that concerns itself so much with fitness and health it is comprehensible why almost every product consumed by mankind has been put under a magnifying glass. Caffeine has been seriously criticized. But it is time for us to ask: is everything that has been said true?

Firstly, it is important to understand what caffeine is. It is recognized as the most consumed psychoactive drug worldwide and it can be found in coffee, tea and energy drinks, which are all very popular beverages. It is probably the word “drug” what scares people off but do not stop reading just yet.

The power of caffeine: some of its benefits

One of the most popular beliefs is that caffeine helps you stay awake. It is true, but it’s important to understand why: caffeine affects a specific part of the brain, stimulating neuronal activity; some studies have also stated that this can lead to not only cognitive improvement, but also help with mood, memory and reaction time.

But caffeine is not just a hard working student’s best friend. Because of its ability to affect the central nervous system, studies have proven that it can have a positive influence on metabolism and athletic performances, making it a must for all the fitness and health enthusiasts out there.

There are lots of studies available online that prove caffeine plays a part in preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and several types of cancer. The majority of these are medical publications, so though they may be hard to find or understand, they are definitely useful.

A few extra notes from me to you:

Personally, I love a good cup of Joe every morning with my breakfast. It helps me get the day going and I find it comforting and energizing. Do not let biased Internet articles fool you: make your own decisions and, of course, consult with a physician in case you have any doubts.

If interested in further reading, the Wikipedia entry for caffeine is extremely thorough and filled with sources. Also, I recommend the following articles: