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Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, and the Brain


ISBN10: 415306914
ISBN13: 9780415306911

Publisher: CRC Press

Price: $109.95
Pages: 248
Publish date: April 2004

Presents the beneficial and negative effects of caffeine on brain functioning, including therapeutic benefits and caffeine dependency Discusses the effects of caffeine on sleep, cognition, memory, performance, and mood Includes contributions from internationally renowned specialists Coffee, tea, and chocolate are among the most frequently consumed products in the world. The pleasure that many experience from these edibles is accompanied by a range of favorable and adverse effects on the brain that have been the focus of a wealth of recent research. Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, and the Brain presents new information on the long-debated issue about the beneficial and/or potentially negative effects on the brain of the consumption of coffee, tea, and chocolate. With caffeine as the common component in these beverages and food, this volume features important data on the effects of caffeine on sleep, memory, cognition, mood, performance, and more. It also contains specific information on new directions of research on the effect of caffeine on Parkinson's disease, seizures, ischemia, the stress axis, and brain development. Debate on the potential addiction to caffeine is included, as well as discussion of how chocolate and caffeine can induce or alleviate various types of headaches. With contributions from world-renowned experts in the field, this up-to-date reference provides important information for scientists, researchers, industry professionals, and students involved in nutrition, neurology, neuropharmacology, clinical psychology, and other health-related sciences.

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