Caffeine is a potent central nervous system (CNS) and metabolic stimulant. Naturally caffeine is found in leaves, seeds and fruits of over sixty plant species most commonly the 'bean' of the coffee plant.
Caffeine is also synthesized in laboratories and used in energy drinks, caffeine tablets, and in many pre-workout and fat loss supplements.
What does it do?
Caffeine helps to reduce fatigue, improve concentration and increase physical performance. In particular, it reduces sedation and relaxation by inhibiting the production of Adenosine, the chemical associated with sleep . This results in an increase in wakefulness, focus, better body coordination and can increase performance in cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise.
Caffeine will help elevate your energy and mental focus, fight fatigue and increase muscle power.
To take advantage of the anti-fatigue and performance properties of Caffeine, it is best taken first thing in the morning or 15 - 30 minutes before exercise.
Pure form Caffeine tablets or powder can be mixed with water,or with any other type of supplement, and consumed. Pre-workout and fat loss supplements containing Caffeine should be taken with water before exercise.
The most efficacious dosage of Caffeine to be effective will vary from person to person. This is due to a number of factors such as;
. Time of Day etc
. The most common amounts is 100mg - 250mg per serve.
Pre-Workout and fat loss supplements containing Caffeine, range anywhere from $1.00 to $3.00 per serve, depending on the size and quality of the product.
Supps42 has a wide variety of high quality products containing caffeine. We cannot make any specific recommendations as everyone's approach to caffeine use will be different.
For example, one pre-workout with a specific amount of caffeine might be amazing for one person and poor for another.
Do I need it?
Short answer, no. Ideally we should all have enough natural energy from food to be able to work and train at a heightened level.
In saying that, life in general comes into play (work, family etc.) and having caffeine gives us that extra kick of energy we need to function through the day.
Coffee is the most commonly consumed beverage on the planet, emphasizing how popular caffeine is.
If you feel you need an extra hit of energy when you wake up and/or before you train, caffeine would definitely be a supplement we'd recommend.