Habitual coffee drinking: perhaps a bad habit
Researchers explore how chronic caffeine consumption potentially impacts brain plasticity and the effectiveness of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS).
Which is Caffeine's Role in Brain Plasticity?
Caffeine, a common stimulant in coffee and tea, acts as an adenosine receptor antagonist in the brain, influencing synaptic strength and plasticity processes such as long-term potentiation (LTP).
The research indicates that regular caffeine users might experience diminished long-term potentiation (LTP), a crucial process for learning and memory. This reduction in brain plasticity suggests that daily caffeine intake could influence cognitive functions and the success of rTMS treatments.
These preliminary findings underscore the need for more extensive research to understand the broader implications of habitual caffeine use on the brain.
Source: Neuroscience News