Coffee is good, coffee with glucose may be even better though

Wednesday, 29 December, 2010

I’ve always maintained sugar ruins perfectly good coffee, but the addition of glucose might be a different story. Taken together, caffiene and glucose have been found to boost brain activity, a finding possibly of benefit to many, particularly, in my case, earlier in the day:

Specifically, the team found that individuals who consumed caffeine and glucose in combination showed reduced brain activation associated with the task in the bilateral parietal cortex and the left prefrontal cortex – two regions that actively participate in attention and working memory processes. The reduced activity and the fact that no drop in behavioural performance was observed during the task suggests that the brain is more efficient under the combined effect of the two substances, since it needs fewer resources to produce the same level of performance than required by those subjects who were administered the placebo or who took only caffeine or glucose.

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