January 28, 2021 4 min read
Athletes train harder, longer and get more results on caffeine.
If someone told you about a common, legal substance that could help you burn fat, increase your athletic performance and decrease muscle pain, you might call him a liar. But caffeine reportedly does all that for athletes and more.
The International Olympic Committee once limited how much caffeine Olympic athletes could take. The committee categorized caffeine as a performance-enhancing substance but has since removed it from the list of regulated or banned substances.
Examine.com, in an article  on the benefits of caffeine, states:
A caffeine dose of 400 – 600 mg is one of the most reliable and potent ways to temporarily increase strength through supplementation. People who are caffeine naive will typically experience improved power output during strength training or anaerobic exercise.
Caffeine can also play a role in recovery post-workout, whether you’re caffeine naive or caffeine tolerant. Ingesting caffeine alongside carbohydrates can improve the rate of glycogen replenishment, which is particularly important if you work out very frequently or multiple times per day.
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Caffeine naïve means you haven’t developed a dependency on caffeine. Caffeine tolerant means you’re used to caffeine and don’t experience as many of its stimulating effects as those who are naïve.
To experience all the benefits from caffeine, Examine.com recommends taking it only occasionally.
Men’s Fitness has an article  that lists 5 ways caffeine can boost athletic performance.
Caffeine may cause the body—whether you’re caffeine tolerant or not—to burn fat cells as an energy source rather than glycogen. At the same time, the caffeine boosts metabolism so you burn more calories not just when you’re working out but all day long, Men’s Fitness says.
In addition, studies show coffee in particular to be an appetite suppressant.
So you’re burning fat cells, boosting your metabolism and suppressing your appetite when you have that cup or two of coffee or tea or take your caffeine in other products.
Several studies say taking caffeine before an athletic event enhances athletes’ performance. A study in the journal Sports Medicine says athletes train at a greater power output or train longer after they take caffeine.
A second study, in the British Journal of Sports Science,found runners gained 4.2 seconds in a 1,500-meter run over their competitors who were not on caffeine. That might not seem like much, but to an elite athlete a gain of 4.2 seconds can mean the difference between first and last.
Studies show caffeine does enhance athletic performance, this video says.
Caffeine also improves one’s mental focus, which obviously has benefits beyond the field of athletic endeavor. It can help you concentrate on the job of working out.
And Men’s Fitness and WebMD reported on the analgesic or pain-relieving effects of caffeine. Says an article in WebMD :
Caffeine eases the muscle pains of exercising, new research shows, suggesting coffee might literally be a brew that promotes health. University of Illinois researchers found that caffeine intake is associated with pain reduction in both young men who take in lots of caffeine and also in young men who don’t.
The researchers found a statistically significant reduction in quadriceps muscle pain after giving the caffeine compared to the placebo pill. Both men accustomed to consuming caffeine and those who were not habitual caffeine drinkers demonstrated reduced pain with caffeine ingestion prior to exercise testing.
By the way, a doctor quoted in the WebMD article says there isn’t compelling research to suggest that caffeine helps athletes burn fat.
Some studies looking at caffeine and weight were poor quality or done on animals, making the results questionable or hard to generalize to humans. In addition, some studies found that even decaffeinated coffee may contribute to modest weight loss, suggesting that substances or factors besides caffeine may play a role in weight loss.
An article in the British tabloid The Daily Mail  says five cups or more coffee per day can actually make you gainweight instead of lose it. Again, this study was based on research on caffeine’s effects on mice.
But in moderation, coffee is OK. A researcher in The Daily Mail is quoted as saying:
“It seems that the health effects are dose-dependent. A moderate intake of coffee, up to three to four cups a day still seems to decrease the risk of developing diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.”
Which brings us to all the other ways that caffeine benefits people. Our Viter Energy Mints blog did a posting titled Evidence piles up that caffeine is good for us.
According to various experts, coffee:
An article on Active.com  states in no uncertain terms that caffeine enhances athletic performance:
Caffeine is one of the best-tested ergogenic aids (substances, devices, or practices that enhance an individual’s energy use, production, or recovery) and is known to help athletes train harder and longer. Caffeine stimulates the brain and contributes to clearer thinking and greater concentration.
The article mentions that a majority of 74 studies on caffeine found it gives athletes a boost. The article states athletic efforts seem easier by about 6 percent, and the average boost in performance is about 12 percent. More gains are seen in endurance sports than in sprinting and short bursts of activity.
February 25, 2021 5 min read
How bad is caffeine withdrawal? People who have a caffeine habit may empathize with a scene of the 1931 production of Frankenstein, in which the mad scientist exults over the animation of his monster, exclaiming “It’s alive! It’s a alive, it’s alive!” I know I get animated in the morning after drinking my first cup of the ichor we call coffee.
Caffeinated products are wildly popular worldwide, used by as much as 90 percent of the adult population. An estimated 80 percent of American adults take caffeine in one product or another, and it’s estimated half of those people are prone to headaches for one reason or another. If you are among the caffeine users who get caffeine withdrawal headaches from coffee, tea or energy drinks, there are a few things you can do to minimize the pain.
February 23, 2021 5 min read
Studies of caffeine show that it does not increase the risk of death, but it causes a habit or possibly a dependence that the American Psychiatric Association now lists in its diagnosis manual as a disorder that warrants more study.
Scientists study caffeine and its use by humans a lot, some say more than any other psychoactive substance in the world. Caffeine is the most widely used drug, and more scientists are saying now there should be yet more studies into dependence and other aspects of caffeine consumption.
February 18, 2021 4 min read
What is the chemistry of coffee? Caffeine is the most famous chemical compound in coffee, but roasted coffee beans contain more than 1,000 other compounds. Some of these chemicals are noxious but still are not unhealthy because they are present in such low amounts.
You never hear anybody wake up and say, “I need a big dose of putrescine and dimethyl disulfide in my morning cup.”