Most of us enjoy drinking coffee and claim to be a Coffee Addict. Anyone can drink coffee, but how to drink it efficiently is still a question to most of us. Here is some small tips on how caffeine affect our brain and how to get the most out of it, to use it to improve our performance.
- Light toast has more caffeine than a dark toast.
Dark toast coffee is roasted for longer than light roast coffee, and just like food that’s been burned, coffee beans that have been burned lose flavor and other qualities, like caffeine.
- Caffeine kicks in after 15-20 minutes.
Caffeine will kicks in after 15-20 minutes and the effect of caffeine can last 8-10 hours but depending on the person.
- 60 different plants have caffeine in them.
The well-know source of caffeine obviously are coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa beans. But that’s not all there is up to 60 different plants that have contain caffeine in them such as kola nuts, yerba maté and guarana berries.
- Decaf does not mean zero caffeine.
Decaf still has 8.6 mg to 13.9 mg of caffeine. A cups of regular coffee contains around 95-200 mg.
- There is more caffeine in coffee than most energy drinks.
Brewed coffee contains 95-200 mg /240ml. for energy drink such as Redbull contains 76-80 mg/250ml.
- Different coffee have different amount of caffeine.
Starbucks have roughly 20.6 mg, Dunkin’s Donut have 12.7 mg and McDonald‘s 9.1 mg.
- Drinking coffee helps boost your performance.
Drinking coffee helps boost your memory and cognitive performance, it makes you smarter by catalyzing dopamine and neropinephrine release.
- Best time to drink coffee.
Our body have an internal timekeeper that dictates when you feel awake or asleep. Cortsol is the hormone that perks us up and it peaks 3 times during the day which means the best time for a coffee break is after a cortisol peak when we will feel sleepy. The best timing for drinking coffee is at 9AM-12PM and 2PM-5PM.
- Coffee helps your workout.
Drinking coffee before workouts can burn 15% more calories and it also help preserve your muscle tissue. You brain on coffee releases Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor which helps maintain your muscle.
- Coffee helps fight illness.
From statistics, coffee drinkers have a 40% lower risk for liver cancer and 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer if they drink four or five cups per day. Its also reduces your risk of stroke by 20% as well as for depression.