Maybe you've tried to quit in the past, but can't seem to keep yourself from running back for more. Maybe you made a New Year's resolution to finally quit cold turkey, but couldn't make it past the first week of January. It's ok. We understand. And no, we're not talking about nicotine or sexual intimacy with a questionable partner.
It's fair to say that coffee is a national obsession. Going out to grab a latte with friends is a staple social outing regardless of the time of day, and few people can resist the call of the Keurig in an office setting, even if they worry about their overall caffeine intake. Although everything is best in moderation, it turns out that there may be some benefits to your coffee obsession.
According to a press release published by ScienceDaily, scientists from John Hopkins University have found that drinking caffeine could facilitate memory retention, particularly when it comes to recalling and distinguishing between images. Participants took part in a study session, during which they were presented with pictures of objects. Within 24 hours, these individuals were presented with images and asked to select between the pictures they saw and similar depictions.
"Using these items requires the brain to make a more difficult discrimination – what we call pattern separation, which seems to be the process that is enhanced by caffeine in our case," said lead researcher Michael Yassa in the release.
Before you go overboard on lattes, though, keep in mind that plenty of caffeinated products are also loaded with sugar and who knows what chemical additives. Do what you can to seek out organic alternatives and try to hold back before the caffeine shakes set in! Taking this degree of deliberation with everything from food items to natural lubricants is a great way to limit your exposure to various nasties.