I’m not making this up.
This list is from The Nutrition Journal.
Here are 17 reasons to love Coffee, Espresso and Caffeine
The consumption of moderate amounts of caffeine:
- increases energy availability
- increases daily energy expenditure
- decreases fatigue
- decreases the sense of effort associated with physical activity
- enhances physical performance
- enhances motor performance
- enhances cognitive performance
- increases alertness, wakefulness, and feelings of “energy,”
- decreases mental fatigue
- quickens reactions
- increases the accuracy of reactions
- increases the ability to concentrate and focus attention
- enhances short-term memory
- increases the ability to solve problems requiring reasoning
- increases the ability to make correct decisions
- enhances cognitive functioning capabilities and neuromuscular coordination, and
- in otherwise healthy non-pregnant adults is safe.
However, no good things comes with some bad. Some side effects are:
- upset stomach and/or diarrhea
Note points number 10 and 11. This may be of interest to sprinters with respect to reaction times. For more information on reaction time and how to train for it, read the previous article titled Reaction Time, Usain Bolt and the Pareto 80-20 Rule from November 2008.
No wonder coffee (and caffeine) is an addiction. And I am guilty of it.