Pro: Students are better with a boost

In all its diverse forms, caffeine consumption brings pleasure to students seeking a little pick-me-up throughout the day. Research suggests that caffeine provides improved cognitive function and alertness and memory, while decreasing health-related risks of developing heart disease caused by inflammation.

Most commonly consumed in the form of coffee, tea or soft drinks, these types of beverages are easily accessible to students both on and off campus. Whether students are waking up to head to class, need a mid-afternoon coffee run, or plan on staying up for late-night study sessions. Coffee is there to keep students focused, while providing them with a multitude of benefits.

A necessity for most students, caffeine can offer an energy boost at any time of the day for those who are plagued with fatigue. Students who drink caffeine can expect to be more alert, which can help them focus when it matters most: in the classroom.

A boost of caffeine can help students refocus in stressful situations. In a study, researchers found that when cognitive performance must be maintained during severe stress, adequate doses of caffeine can improve cognitive function, memory, learning and mood. Caffeine was seen to provide a significant advantage to logical reasoning while under pressure with limited sleep, according to a Psychopharmacology study.

Cognitive function and decreased risk of heart disease has also been linked to caffeine consumption. A study conducted by the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aginga, found that caffeine acts as a brain stimulant and releases excitatory brain chemicals by blocking adenosine receptors in the brain. This process has been linked to improved cognitive function, performance, verbal memory and attention, while also potentially slowing the progression of decreasing mental function caused by aging. Also, because caffeine blocks adenosine receptors, this has been linked to the reduction of inflammation.

Caffeine can aid students in retaining information and improving memory. Memorizing key lecture points, notes and textbook information is easier to accomplish when caffeine is in your system, according to a Nature Neuroscience journal. Their research showed that caffeine enhances memory up to 24 hours after consumption.

Caffeine, whether it’s hot, iced, bubbly, black, or served with cream, students can expect to reap the rewards that come in every cup. Caffeine play a role in many student’s lives, and it’s not only a source of energy, but it’s also beneficial all around. Caffeine has been found to be helpful in all of the above: cognitive function, alertness, memory and decreasing inflammation that could lead to heart disease.