Caffeine is one of the most popular stimulants in the world. Caffeine is quite popular among bodybuilders and athletes. Coffee contains a substantial amount of caffeine. An average cup of brewed coffee contains 80-100 milligrams of caffeine. It has been said that caffeine boosts workout. There have been many controversies on the health benefits of caffeine. If you want to know more about this popular stimulant, take a look at this article.
Source of Caffeine
Caffeine is the main ingredient of coffee. Tea, Chocolate and most of the soft drinks contain this age-old stimulant. Let us know from where we get caffeine. The origin of caffeine is heavily debated. Coffee is a part of human life since the ancient time. The coffee plant was first discovered in Ethiopia in 11 th century. Caffeine was first isolated by German chemists in the early 1800 s. The name coffee was derived from a German word “Kaffee”. Nowadays Caffeine is extracted from plants by the process of decaffeinating either tea or coffee.
How caffeine boosts workout?
A study says, if caffeine is taken an hour before the workout, it improves the performance of a physical activity. When caffeine enters our body, it starts to act within a few minutes. When caffeine enters into our body, it mainly works on central nervous system and stimulates the working muscles. A study shows that it helps to burn fat, stimulates fat store and boosts pain tolerance. It also fights the fatigue. That’s why athletes and bodybuilders can work out for longer periods in the gym.
Only intake of high doses caffeine is banned from sports. Athletes can consume coffee on regular basis. Athletes generally have been advised to quit drinking coffee before a major competition. This would help them to reduce their habituation and amplify the impact of this stimulant on the event. Bruno Gualano, a professor of physiology and nutrition at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, thinks an athlete can be benefitted from caffeine intake before a major event. He carried a study on 40 male cyclists in Sao Paulo and based on the study, he stated that acute caffeine supplementation can improve performance.
Caffeine has both short-term and long-term effects. Those who take coffee on a regular basis, feel less strenuous during work out. It also improves mood and increases the mental alertness. It helps in memory enhancement and protects against dementia. Energy drinks and supplement pill use caffeine as a principal ingredient.
There have been a few risks too. If you take a small dose of caffeine for the first time, it enters into blood streams and increases blood pressure and pulse.
Caffeine is a mild diuretic. Regular intake of caffeine may lead to dehydration.
Caffeine is a naturally addictive substance and sudden withdrawal of it may cause anxiety, depression, headaches, and craving. In most of the cases, this situation may last for 2-9 days.
Too much caffeine may lead to insomnia.
Regular intake of caffeine may cause obesity and increase cholesterol level.
Exercise Vs Caffeine
A recent study conducted on healthy but sleep-deprived volunteers has shown the effect of caffeine on energy level. This study compared three interventions: caffeine, stair-climbing, and placebo. The study showed that 10 minutes of stair-climbing boosted the self-reported level of energy far more than 50 mg of caffeine intake.
Another study found that caffeine plus exercise has greater benefit. Caffeine boosts energy level and mental alertness. Exercise also do the same. Caffeine has a few adverse effects but exercise has long-term benefits.
So, we can say caffeine is beneficial despite a few adverse effects. Consult your physician and take a safe level of caffeine. This would certainly help you to make your performance better in gym and playground.