Caffeine is will do more for you than just boost your energy. In recent studies, evidence suggests that caffeine can help reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and has a variety of other health benefits. The American Heart Association states “Caffeine has many metabolic effects. For example, it stimulates the central nervous system. It releases free fatty acids from adipose (fatty) tissue.” Time Magazine reported last month that Coffee was linked to many more major health benefits such as: decreased risk of depression, possible skin cancer prevention, stress reduction, help to fight obesity, possible prevention of Parkinson’s disease, reduced risk of Alzheimer’s, and of course it will help boost your workouts.
A lot of the newest research being published is happening in our own backyard. A press release last year by Harvard School of Public Health stated, "People who increased the amount of coffee they drank each day by more than one cup over a four-year period had a 11% lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who made no changes to their coffee consumption, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. In addition, the study found that those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup per day increased their type 2 diabetes risk by 17%.” The amount of caffeine you need to consume to reap the benefit varies, but most studies suggest between 2-4 cups per day.
Caffeine is also the ultimate fitness supplement. You can ask any experienced lifter if they use any ergogenic aids and I bet you they will say caffeine in one form or another. There is an overwhelming amount of research that proves caffeine improves performance. It is important to note that sugary caffeinated drinks are not the best choice, and no dietary supplement will make up for a poor diet. The take home message from all the research is that caffeine is actually pretty good for you when used correctly.
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