The Power of Coffee

The Power of Coffee


Many people, like you, will start their day with a caffeine boost. Coffee is one of the most widely available nootropics on the market. What’s a nootropic? A nootropic is a substance that is capable of enhancing cognitive ability. Coffee, in this case, promotes wakefulness, gives you energy and increases your alertness. This is why it’s a favourable option for people to have first thing in the morning. It’s part of your daily routine, it helps you get your day started. Coffee is widely available and is produced by many recognisable brands. Aside from being able to give you some energy, what else can coffee do for you, and what makes it such a powerful nootropic?


How Does Your Body & Brain Function on Coffee?


Adding coffee into your diet can be very beneficial for your health. Coffee helps to elevate mood, it promotes the release of all the “feel-good” chemicals in your brain, like dopamine and serotonin; as well as attaching to many other receptors. The way coffee fights off tiredness is by blocking the receptors that adenosine would normally bind to; this stops adenosine from making you feel tired. Due to adenosine not being detected in your body, your central nervous system increases neural activity, which in turn releases adrenaline. Adrenaline is responsible for increasing alertness, increasing blood flow, expansion of air passages and increasing the body’s metabolism. This makes coffee a very useful aid during times when needing to complete difficult tasks as your brain is more focused, allowing you to concentrate on the task at hand. The increased release of adrenaline is useful for exercising and weight loss too, it aids in the break down on fat, burning it for additional energy. Due to the way coffee stimulates the brain, it can be addictive, but it’s nothing compared to the addiction associated with illicit drugs. A tolerance to coffee is possible, requiring you to drink more of it to achieve the same desired effects. To prevent this from happening, it’s good practice to use coffee in moderation, in a reasonable quantity and take days off from it.


Lesser-Known Benefits of Coffee


So, you now know the stimulating effects of coffee, and how much it affects your body and brain. What we’ll now talk about is the more subtle benefits of coffee, not necessarily something that you’d be able to feel the effects of, but what are neuroprotective qualities nonetheless. Similar to tea, coffee helps to prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia; this isn’t a one-time solution though and can only aid in prevention through regular drinking. While under the effects of coffee, your short term memory is significantly heightened, allowing you to retain information much more efficiently. The antioxidant that is responsible for the improved short term memory is cafestol. A useful vitamin called B-5 is present in coffee; this vitamin supports the production of red blood cells and also helps to maintain the function of your adrenal glands, which is where adrenaline is produced.

What’s The Negative Side Effects?


Aside from the minor side effects, like an increase in urination and a faster heartbeat, we’ll cover the more concerning side effects. As mentioned before, withdrawal symptoms can be experienced if you are a daily drinker of coffee and decide to stop consuming it. The more troublesome symptoms are insomnia, fatigue, headaches, flu-like symptoms, difficulty thinking coherently and abnormal heart rhythm. Dependency and withdrawal symptoms can be avoided by consuming coffee in moderation, not multiple times a day daily. If you are already in a position where you’re consuming coffee daily, you should gradually stop consuming coffee. This will be a much easier way to lose your dependency on coffee, rather than stopping all caffeine intakes immediately.




To summarise everything that has been mentioned in this article, coffee can be an extremely effective brain booster, when used properly and not in excess. By minimising tolerance and consuming when appropriate, it can be a useful nootropic to help you accomplish challenging mental and physical tasks. Coffee has both short-term benefits and long-term benefits, side effects can be kept to a minimum where possible. Hopefully, now you’ll rethink on how you’ll use coffee in your daily life, you could use it to be more productive, use it to exercise more effectively and boost your overall sense of wellbeing.


We’ve done some digging and found two good producers of coffee, we’ve found a nootropic coffee blend which features added ingredients to increase its cognitive-enhancing effects; whereas our second recommendation is a regular Fairtrade coffee. Both variations of the coffee can be used as an effective brain enhancer.

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Clipper Fairtrade Organic Coffee -

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