Caffeine and Training

by Matt Elphick

Caffeine is probably the most researched stimulant on earth, and for a good reason.

The history of coffee goes back to Ethiopia. The legend says that the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans when he noticed that his goats after eating the berries from a certain tree became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night. He shared his finding with the local monastery and then the knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread.

Coffee has a lot of health benefits. An impressive number of studies have shown a strong association between higher consumption of coffee and a significantly reduced risk of most chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and others.

Research has proven that caffeine can increase athletic performance, strength levels, and endurance. A good bonus to a great taste, right?

I like to get my caffeine from a good coffee, especially a properly made cold brew (and I know I’m biased), but according to research is one of the forms that reaches peak levels faster in the blood, and the taste is simply outstanding.

The optimal dose of caffeine is highly individual and it can range from 100mg to 800mg. You just have to find out the one that works the best for you, and from an empirical point of view, 200mg is the most common dose.

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