For most people, caffeine is a necessary part of everyday life. Commonly used in the form of your favorite cup of coffee or energy shot, caffeine provides that boost to start your day. What many people don’t realize is that caffeine is far more than just a quick pick-me-up.
Let’s take a look at how caffeine can have a positive impact on your health and fitness level.
Caffeine is often the primary ingredient in many fat burning supplements. These products are commonly known as theromogenic supplements. Thermogenics offer a number of ingredients that help to promote fat loss. Some of the most popular thermogenic ingredients include yohimbe and theobromine.
What’s more popular than those two?
Do you think it’s a coincidence that caffeine takes a top spot in almost every thermogenic you buy?
Numerous studies have shown that caffeine helps to boost your metabolic rate. This promotes a higher level of caloric expenditure and fat oxidation, ensuring you reach your weight loss goal.
Pre-workout supplements exploded in popularity many years ago and have remained in the main stream ever since. It’s weird now if you don’t use a pre-workout drink. These drinks are used to get you ready to conquer your workout. It’s ideal if you exercise after a long day at work and need something to push you through.
Just like the fat burning thermogenics, what do you think is the top ingredient in a pre-workout drink?
That’s right. Caffeine.
In elevated levels (about double what you get from a cup of coffee), caffeine can dramatically increase your energy and performance levels. Many athletes use caffeine to legally and safely boost performance. Science doesn’t lie. Studies show that caffeine is a powerful performance enhancer so if you are lagging before the gym, now you know where to turn.
This is easily the most popular reason for consuming caffeine. After you drink that cup of coffee in the morning, how do you feel after roughly 10 to 15 minutes?
Alert, focused, and ready to be productive.
Caffeine is a stimulant and it is responsible for releasing adrenaline into your body after consumption. Adrenaline is the hormone released when you need to be at the top of your mental game. Have you ever had a close call? For example, if you have to swerve to avoid hitting another car. How do you feel after that close call is over?
On-edge, focused, alert, and breathing heavy. That’s adrenaline.
Not that this is a surprise to you but the consumption of caffeine has been shown in many studies to be an excellent way to boost focus and cognitive performance.
Here’s a benefit of caffeine that you may not have known about. Caffeine is a serious alternative prevention method for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Inflammation is thought to be one of the primary reasons for the development of these diseases. Caffeine helps to alleviate this inflammation and, in turn, avoid the onset of these terrible cognitive diseases.
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