Coffee Enhances Exercise Performance and Workout Energy Levels

Ninety percent of people worldwide consume caffeine daily— mostly as coffee. A review of literature led by Simon Higgins concluded that coffee containing 3 to 8.1 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of bodyweight improves endurance. Most athletes drink coffee for the caffeine boost. Caffeine increases brainpower by improving memory and mental focus. Regular consumption reduces the risk of premature death by 10 percent, prevents diseases such as type 2 diabetes, some cancers (skin, prostate, liver, oral and breast) and reduces the risk of heart disease. Moderate doses (3 to 6 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight) improve endurance, high-intensity exercise during stop-and-start activities (team sports) and may increase strength and power. Caffeine increases energy levels and promotes exercise enjoyment. It does all this and it’s legal in most sports. The World Anti-Doping Agency has no restrictions on caffeine, but the National Collegiate Athletic Association limits caffeine consumption (if concentrations in urine exceed 15 micrograms/ml). (International Journal Sports Nutrition Exercise Metabolism, 26: 221-239, 2016)

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