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Caffeine and Sports Training
Caffeine is sometimes called “the world’s most popular drug”.
It’s a very common naturally-occurring stimulant found in coffee and other foods/drinks.
Its main effect is on the brain, helping to increase alertness and reducing fatigue. It’s also used for fat loss and in sports training.
And it is safe and effective for these purposes…to a certain extent.
Let’s hash out the details of the benefits (and risks) of caffeine for sports training. We’ll also touch on caffeine supplements, coffee, and energy drinks. As well as the use of caffeine along with ephedrine.
Caffeine is the most widely used stimulant in the world. About 80% of the world drinks a caffeinated beverage every day, mostly as tea or coffee. In fact, it’s a natural compound that has been used for thousands of years.
Caffeine reduces fatigue, and enhances mental alertness and concentration. And it can also improve physical endurance.
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