The 7 Ways Coffee Makes You Smarter, Faster, Better

I’ve repeatedly documented the many scientific studies showing that coffee improves your health by reducing risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Parkinson’s disease. I haven’t written that much, though, about the mental and physical effects of caffeinated coffee.

According to the University of California at Santa Barbara, caffeine stimulates the production of adrenaline. While consistent, uncontrollably high levels of adrenaline can damage your health, it’s also the closest thing we have to a real-life “super serum.”

Here are the immediate benefits of downing a cup of coffee:

You work more quickly.

Since your reaction time decreases, you can follow a train of thought more quickly, translate those thoughts into words or actions more quickly. Due to the effect of compound interest, over an elapsed time, even a 5% increase in reaction time translates into a huge amount of time saved.

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