Coffee also has the added strength of working with other pain killers to remedy minor aches. In addition, coffee drinkers sometimes drink coffee because it works to eliminate certain types of headaches. The caffeine found in coffee may help to reduce intracranial inflammation. In the June 2007 issue of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, researchers stated that caffeine plays a dual role in pain relief by accelerating the absorption of acetaminophen and enhancing its potency. Coffee also increases blood circulation, helping to deliver over-the-counter and prescription medications to the site of the pain.
Coffee is associated with an enhanced cognitive function in both the short term as well as in long-term consumption. Coffee acts as a central nervous system stimulant. It increases several neurotransmitters associated with mental alertness such as histamine, acetycholine, dopamine, glutamate and serotonin. An article by Time magazine reported that subjects who were given an intelligence test, known as the intelligence quotient, tested higher if they had consumed several cups of coffee compared with no coffee at all.
In addition, in the December 2009 issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, Dr. Xueli Jia and associates found that long-term coffee consumption played a significant positive role in cognitive function in older adults.
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