New clinical research confirms why office work and coffee go so closely hand in hand. The new study published in the journal BMC Research Notes found that drinking coffee reduces the development of pain during computer work. [i]
Study participants who had consumed coffee (1/2-1 cup) on average 1 hour and 18 minutes before performing a simulated computer office-work task found to provoke pain in the neck, shoulders, forearms and wrists, were found to have “attenuated pain development compared with the subjects who had abstained from coffee intake.”
While the researchers attributed the observed effect to the caffeine content in coffee, we believe there is more going on here…
We don’t, of course, delude ourselves into believing that caffeine isn’t an important part of the equation. Caffeine has potent analgesic properties, but may not work as well when separated from the complex (and delightful!) chemistries contained within the fermented and roasted coffee bean.
Coffee also has unique nerve-supporting properties. It contains a compound called trigonelline which promotes neurite outgrowth in neurons.[iv] A neurite is any projection from the cell body of a neuron, such as axons and dendrites. Trignonelline’s extension of these projections may compensate or rescue damaged neuronal networks, and explain why coffee has a truly therapeutic effect on brain health, and cognition-dependent tasks, e.g. computer work.
Coffee also has powerful antioxidant properties and genoprotective properties. This is important, as stress and environmental stressors, e.g. chemicals, may cause increased oxidative stress and even DNA damage, and this will translate into improved neurological health.
For additional research on coffee’s health benefits, view our Coffee Research page which contains study abstracts on over 50 health conditions that may benefit from the responsible consumption of this herb.
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