Caffeine in Coffee and Other Beverages Reduces Exercised-Induced Muscle Pain! It’s healthy, it’s not healthy, it’s healthy, it’s not healthy. It seems that new research is coming out every day on the effects of coffee. But latest research shows that it’s probably good for you in a number of ways…and good for your muscles, too!
It eases the muscle pains of exercising, confirming research that coffee might literally be a brew that promotes health.
Researchers found that caffeine intake is associated with pain reduction in both individuals who take in lots of caffeine and also in those who don’t.
They signed up 25 fit, college-aged individuals to take part in experiments that required them to exercise. Some were regular caffeine users — drinking the equivalent of four cups of coffee a day on average — while others weren’t used to consuming much if any Joe.
The volunteers completed an initial exercise test on a stationary cycle to test for maximal oxygen consumption. Then they returned for two monitored, high-intensity, half-hour exercise sessions. Each session was separated by a week. They were asked to refrain from caffeine, alcohol, and exercise prior to the testing days.
For one testing session, the individuals were given a placebo pill an hour prior to the high-intensity exercise. For the other session, they were given a caffeine pill (with the same amount of caffeine in 2.5 to 3 cups of coffee) prior to exercise.
The researchers questioned them at regular intervals about their perceptions of quadriceps muscle pain while they collected data on oxygen consumption, heart rate, and work rate.
The researchers found a statistically significant reduction in quadriceps muscle pain after giving the caffeine compared to the placebo pill. Both those accustomed to consuming caffeine and those who were not habitual caffeine drinkers demonstrated reduced pain with caffeine ingestion prior to exercise testing.
How Does Caffeine Reduce Muscle Pain?
It’s become increasingly common for athletes to consume a variety of substances that include caffeine, motivated by the notion that it will help you metabolize fat more readily. But that idea isn’t supported by compelling research.
In earlier research it’s been shown that caffeine affects a system in the brain and spinal cord involved in pain processing, which led researchers to speculate that it could reduce pain.
Caffeine-naive individuals and habitual users have the same amount of reduction in pain during exercise after caffeine.
More research might answer the question of whether a reduction in pain could result in an improvement in performance of athletes.
If you go to the gym and you exercise and it hurts, you may be prone to stop doing that because pain is an aversive stimulus that tells you to withdraw. So if we could give people a little caffeine and reduce the amount of pain they’re experiencing, maybe that would help them stick with that exercise.
So sore after your workout? Reach for that cup of Joe…it just might perk those muscles right up!
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May 30, 2012 Posted by powerflex | Overall Health & Fitness | caffeine, Endurance, Fat Loss, fit pregnancy, group training, health, healthy-living, Lean Muscle Mass, metabolic rate, Nutrition, Pilates, supplements, Wellness | Leave a Comment
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