Is coffee a wonder drug or just a guilty pleasure? In fact, coffee has been one of the most popular drinks for hundreds of years. Although there were health specialists that used to warn us about the effects of coffee and caffeine, it seems that current research has turned to coffee’s positive benefits.
We like to believe that the taste of the Sporting Blend alone is enough to make one feel like a champion but decided to look further into the science behind it. We were able to consult with Sporting Kansas City’s head fitness coach Mateus Manoel for his expertise. Mateus is responsible for all sports performance needs for the team including strength and conditioning, nutrition, recovery, and fitness monitoring. We asked Mateus what the benefits of drinking coffee were and how it affects a player’s athletic performance. Here is what he said…
5 Benefits of drinking coffee:
1. Coffee is a good source of antioxidants.
Fruits and vegetables are generally a good source of antioxidants, but coffee is also full of antioxidants that help cleanse toxins from our bodies especially toxins that cause disease.
2. Drinking coffee reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Research found that participants who drink more coffee avoid early signs of onset Alzheimer’s which includes signs of dementia. Caffeine is believed to be a shield against memory loss linked with Alzheimer’s.
3. Coffee can lessen symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Consuming a high intake of coffee is proven to lessen symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as tremors.
4. Coffee lessens symptoms of depression.
The findings of a Harvard study showed that women who drink four cups of coffee are 20% less likely to be depressed than those who never drink coffee.
5. Coffee can produce cancer-resistant proteins
Recent studies have shown that coffee aids in the production of resistant proteins in cancer cell lines. Also it was found that coffee lowers the risk of non-hormone responsive breast cancer.
5 Effects of coffee on athletic performance:
1. Coffee can help your body spare carbohydrates
During exercise, especially in endurance sports like distance running, cycling, and soccer, drinking coffee can help your body spare carbohydrates.
2. Coffee increases the number of available fatty acids in the bloodstream
When drinking coffee athletes absorb and burn those fats for fuel, which can save the body’s sugar reserves to be used later during exercise.
3. It is recommend that athletes drink coffee 30-45 minutes before exercise
When athletes drink coffee they can perform at a high intensity for longer periods of time with less resulting fatigue.
4. It is best for athletes to drink coffee 2-3 times per week.
This amount of coffee intake will have a more positive effect on athletic performance.
5. Coffee can contribute to hydration.
Researchers at Birmingham University did a study and found that drinking four small mugs of coffee daily for three consecutive days is equivalent to drinking four small glasses of water.
It is safe to say Sporting Kansas City can truly benefit from our new Sporting Blend. You can also sip on this championship blend in style with your very own Roasterie/Sporting Kansas City mugs! Sporting Blend and Sporting KC mugs and water bottle can be found online at theroasterie.com and at all Roasterie Cafes. Beware: if purchased, may tremendously strengthen your athletic abilities.