Does coffee enhance athletic performance?

Could a cup of coffee be the key to success for would-be gold medalists in the Japanese capital, with the 2020 Olympic Games only around the corner? The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee conducted a review of the most recent published studies and found that coffee can affect athletes’ performance.

Caffeine has an influence on a variety of exercise activities, according to a meta-analysis of 21 research, with an effect on aerobic performance being larger than anaerobic activity.

Caffeine does contribute to improved athletic performance, according to Dr J W Langer, a Danish physician, nutritional specialist, and lecturer in medical pharmacology at the University of Copenhagen. “Many studies suggest that athletes who drink caffeine before a race or sporting event may go faster, last longer, and recover quicker than competitors who do not consume caffeine,” he added.

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