It is a substance widely used in the western world and, moreover, routinely consume many athletes.
Until very recently, and due to the lack of well-controlled studies, its effects were not clear. Nowadays, however, it can be said that caffeine is an ergogenic aid in resistance exercises, medium intensity and intense short-term exercises.
What is ergogenic aid?
Ergogenic help is any product that helps to increase muscle power, considering as such all sports supplements that help improve performance.
How does caffeine work?
– It has a direct effect on the part of the central nervous system related to the perception of effort and the propagation of nerve impulses.
-It has diverse effects at muscular level and an increase of the oxidation of the fats and reduction in the one of carbohydrates.
-Actua on the nervous system enhancing the warning system and stimulating resistance to fatigue.
-It has antidepressant effect .
-Improved performance and subsequent recovery.
-Reduce post-exertion annoyances “stiffness”.
-Improves resistance to fatigue.
Coffee improves sports performance
The consumption of coffee before performing any physical exercise reduces the feeling of fatigue and predisposes us to make an effort. After the exercise is also beneficial because its composition in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals helps us to the optimal recovery of the muscle after the effort.
* But just as it has important health benefits and performance in athletes should not use doses higher than 9mg / kg body weight (about five or six cups of coffee). It is advisable not to take more than two or three cups of coffee a day since side effects of the type of gastrointestinal problems, insomnia, irritability or arrhythmias can appear.
Remember to take any type of supplements in moderation and in its proper measure and always under the supervision of your coach or nutritionist.