If you have always thought of coffee as a vice, you will be happy to know that it is actually a drink that can help you be healthy. And if you exercise, caffeine can also give you even more health benefits. Here are 5 reasons to drink coffee, maintain an active lifestyle, and enjoy all of the benefits that this drink can give you.
Many people drink coffee first thing in the morning, and according to a recent study, drinking a cup of coffee can give you the benefit of weight loss. The Spanish study, published in the Revista Internacional de Nutrición Deportiva y Metabolismo (International Sports Nutrition and Metabolism Magazine) found that athletes in training that consumed caffeine before exercise burned around 15% more calories for three hours after exercising, in comparison with those that took a placebo. The dosage that caused the effect was 4.5 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. For a women who weighs 68 kilograms, the amount that you could drink every morning is around 300 milligrams of caffeine, the amount in approximately 12 ounces of coffee.
1. Improves Circulation
A recent Japanese study examined the effects of coffee on circulation in people that were not regular drinkers of coffee. Every participant drank a cup of 5 ounces of regular and decaffeinated coffee. After, scientists measured the blood flow in a finger to know how well the smallest blood vessels in the body work. The people who drank the caffeinated coffee experienced a 30% increase in blood flow in a period of 75 minutes compared to those who drank decaf. Therefore, if you drink coffee every morning or after eating, your circulation can improve.
2. Reduces Muscle Pain
Scientists from the University of Illinois found that drinking caffeine equivalent to that of two to three cups of coffee an hour before a high intensity workout for 30 minutes reduces the perception of muscle pain. The conclusion is that caffeine can help you exercise a little harder during strength training or even other kinds of training, which ends up in the improvement of muscle strength and/or resistance.
3. Improves Memory
A study published this year by John Hopkins University found that caffeine improves memory up to 24 hours after consumption. Investigators gave people who did not consume caffeine regularly a placebo or 200 milligrams of caffeine five minutes after studying a series of images. The next day, they asked both groups to remember the images and the group that had taken the caffeine got significantly better results. This means that coffee can help you have better memory. This could boost the brain to be very useful in your day to day.
4. Helps Conserve Muscle
In a recent study on animals, sports scientists from Coventry University found that caffeine helped compensate the loss of muscle strength that occurs during aging. The protective effects were also observed in the diaphragm, the main muscle that is used for breathing, as well as the spinal muscle. The results show that with due moderation, caffeine can help preserve general physical conditions and reduce the risk of age-related injuries.
5. Gives Muscles Energy
A recent study published by the Journal of Applied Psychology found that a little bit of caffeine after exercise can also be beneficial, especially for resistant athletes that train day after day. The study found that, in comparison to eating carbohydrates alone, a combination of caffeine and carbohydrates resulted in a 66% increase in muscular glycogen four hours after an intense workout. Glycogen, the way that carbohydrates are stored in muscle, serves as vital energy during workouts and fuels strength movements. Having a better glycogen reserve means that your capacity for exercise will increase.