Researchers are reporting that drinking coffee after a
rigorous workout may help rejuvenate muscles.
found that athletes who drank coffee with carbohydrate drinks had 66% more glycogen
in their muscles four hours after they finished an intense regiment.
"If you have
66% more fuel for the next day's training or competition, there is absolutely
no question you will go farther or faster," said Dr. Hawley, the senior
author of the study.
The study was conducted in four sessions after which the
athletes were given either carbohydrate only or carbohydrate with caffeine.
This was repeated after one week. The researchers found that athletes who drank
caffeine with carbohydrate had 66% more glycogen in their muscles as compared
to their peers who drank carbohydrate only.
The details of the
study are published by The American Physiological Society.