Endurance performance increased with Caffeine

coffeeA new study published by the University of Georgia in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism has revealed that increases endurance performance by 24%.

The study reviewed more than 600 articles and focused only on caffeinated-coffee conditions, measured the dose and measured an endurance performance. Nine studies routinely used coffee to improve endurance.

“Previous research has focused on itself as an aid to improve endurance,” Simon Higgins said. “Coffee is a popular source of , so this paper looked at the research surrounding its ergogenic benefits.”

In the studies used to determine endurance performance between 3 and 7 milligrams per kilogram of body weight of from coffee increased endurance performance by an average of 24 percent. The amount of in a can vary from 75 mg to more than 150, depending on the variety and how it’s roasted and brewed.

The 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.

“This is helpful for athletes because coffee is a naturally occurring compound,” Higgins said. “There’s the potential that getting your by drinking coffee has similar endurance benefits as taking pills.”

“While there is a lack of high-quality research on coffee as a source of , there is an abundance of research on pure ,” Higgins said. “It’s surprising how little we know about from coffee when its endurance effects could be just as beneficial as pure .”


Simon Higgins, Chad R. Straight, Richard D. Lewis. The Effects of Pre-Exercise Caffeinated-Coffee on Endurance Performance: An Evidence-Based Review. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 2015; DOI: 10.1123/ijsnem.2015-0147

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