Hallelujah! If caffeine hasn’t been contraindicated for you, science shows that it can be good for you.
As a natural stimulant, caffeine has helped people with wakefulness and bursts of energy since prehistoric times. Improved alertness, reaction time, and short-term recall can be helpful for short periods of time in dire-situations, though our modern day deadlines aren’t as directly survival-oriented as escaping predators was for our earliest ancestors.
Health benefits outside of these well-known uses for caffeine do exist. If you suffer from migraines or frequent headaches, caffeine is frequently added to medications to treat head pain because of its analgesic properties. Caffeine can aid in medically necessary weight loss but suppressing your appetite and stimulating thermogenesis, also known as “burning calories” by literally generating more heat and energy through the digestive process.
Scientific research is building evidence that increased caffeine consumption can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It may even help slow the non-disordered mental decline that comes with age and increase long-term memory after a learning session, though more research is required to confirm these findings.
Caffeine consumption has also been linked to a lower risk of developing: stroke, Type 2 diabetes, cataracts, eyelid spasms, some types of skin cancer, oral cancer, certain cancers of the reproductive organs, head and neck cancer, recurrence of breast cancer, kidney stones, and more!
So as long as you haven’t been told to decrease your caffeine intake, enjoy your coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks…in moderation, of course.