Do you drink coffee because you are a smart (and also very attractive and funny and an all-around catch) or are you smart because you drink coffee? It’s a real chicken-and-the-egg situation we’ve got going on here, and new research has only further complicated the issue. According to Inc, studies into the cognitive effects of coffee show that consuming your favorite beverage—as well as tea and chocolate—does in fact make you smarter.
And it’s not just one study. Multiple explorations into the neuroscience of caffeine have found a variety of ways that coffee and caffeine brain health and resilience. One study, a joint effort between the National Institute of Aging and Johns Hopkins University, corroborates something we’ve reported previously here on Sprudge: caffeine shows signs of protecting the brain from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.