It might sound a little improbable, but a recent study indicates that drinking coffee can reduce the muscle pain you experience after a workout.
Specifically, the study only looked at women who were not regular coffee drinkers. It was in this group that drinking two cups of coffee before a workout seemed to help reduce muscle pain so much.
(If it worked for the women in the study, we see no reason why it wouldn’t work for the men either. Not that we are medical experts.)
Here’s what researcher Patrick O’Connor from the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia said …
“Often what people use for muscle pain are drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen, but caffeine seems to work better than these drugs, at least in women with low daily caffeine intake.
Better than aspirin or ibuprofen? It’s quite amazing, when you think of the number of people who take over-the-counter pain relievers to relieve their muscle pain after exercise.
The researchers added a caveat, however. Two cups of coffee, for the caffeine is about okay. But don’t go crazy and grab five coffees instead. You may end up having heart palpitations or, at least, a case of stage fright.
Other research confirms these results.
Research published in the March 2007 issue of the Journal of Pain suggests much the same thing. The finding they reported indicates that consuming the equivalent of two cups of coffee an hour before training reduces muscle pain after training by up to 48 percent.
And coffee doesn’t just help you after your workout, it can also help improve your exercise routines.
According to a 2015 study from the University of Georgia, drinking a cup of coffee before exercising can increase your endurance.
Many athletes already take supplements before exercise, many of which contain caffeine as the main ingredient. But it looks like you can do just as well just by enjoying a cup of joe.
The study noted that in all nine trials, between three and seven milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight of caffeine from coffee increased endurance by 24% on average.
This means that just one cup of coffee can increase your stamina by almost 25%. quite astonishing.
It’s good to find more and more studies showing coffee lovers some of the benefits of drinking our favorite beer.
Learn more about coffee and your health.
Drinking coffee is good for you in many ways and actually protects you against some serious illnesses and illnesses. Find out more here …