A while ago, coffee was criticized for its ill-effects and now caffeine from coffee has been found to keep your heart healthy. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It can temporarily make you feel more energetic but at the same time it can make you more anxious.
The effects of coffee and it's primary ingredient caffeine on your body still seem to be a mystery. Bringing it back in the spotlight, a new study reveals that drinking a cup of coffee in the morning can help improve athletic endurance.
"Coffee is a popular source of caffeine, so this paper looked at the research surrounding its ergogenic benefits," said the study author Simon Higgins from University of Georgia in the US. The study was published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.
Participants either cycled or ran after drinking coffee. They then exercised vigorously and the results were measured. In a majority of cases, endurance was noticeably improved after the use of coffee. Looking at the nine trials, Higgins found that between three and seven milligrams (mg) per kilogram of body weight of caffeine from coffee increased endurance performance by an average of 24 percent.
"There's a perception that coffee won't give you the same benefits as pure caffeine. New research could mean that athletes could have a cup of coffee versus taking a pill," Higgins said.
Dr. Rupali Datta, Chief Clinical Nutritionist at Fortis-Escorts Hospital agrees, "It is always better to consume caffeine in its natural form that way you can also reap the benefits of the antioxidants it contains."