In every corner of the globe, you'll find people sipping on coffee. It's the second most popular drink in the world (tea is the first, in case you were wondering). For many of us, a morning without coffee is practically unimaginable; it's so ingrained in our daily routine.
If you've ever felt guilty about your coffee addiction, you can breathe a sigh of relief (and take another swig of that long black). When not drunk to excess, coffee carries a host of benefits for your body and mind:
It Promotes Mental Clarity and Focus
There's a reason that a latte or espresso puts you in 'get stuff done' mode. The caffeine in your cup of coffee acts as a stimulant, helping you to focus and think clearly. Just ask anyone who's used coffee to help finish an assignment or cram for an exam - and it's backed by research.
In one study, three groups of participants were given drinks with different levels of caffeine - one group had 75mg, another had 150mg, and a third group a placebo that contained no caffeine. The subjects were then taken through a series of tests to measure their cognitive performance and mood. The study found that after consuming caffeine, subjects had significant improvement in reaction time, numeric working memory reaction time and verification accuracy.