Caffeine and athletic performance

Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed central nervous system stimulant. Typically consumed in caffeine-infused drinks such as coffee, tea, and cola, caffeine is generally recognized as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration. In simpler terms, for many us, caffeine is how we wake up when we need to be alert, such as for work, studying, recreation, and driving.

When caffeine is consumed in measured doses, it can be perfectly safe. What makes this difficult is consuming it in liquid form, because the quantity of caffeine in liquids is determined not by a measuring spoon, but by which seed (commonly referred to as a coffee bean) is used and how it is prepared.

What complicates knowing the dosage even further is that some companies don’t use an equally measured dose in each beverage or food item.

Turbo Truffle regularly tests our formula to ensure the caffeine dosage is as we advertise. This is the best way to ensure our customers are able to get as much or as little caffeine as you like each day. This is our commitment to you.

How does caffeine work?
Caffeine reversibly (temporarily) blocks the action of the neuromoderator adenosine, which plays an important role in biochemical energy transfer, and is believed to play a role in promoting sleep and suppressing arousal.

Yes, it is true, caffeine can effect your sex. (That’s why we have another wonderful truffle people love, called Sex Chocolate. Get it here.)

It’s also true that caffeine affects your energy by preventing the onset of drowsiness induced by adenosine.

Is caffeine safe for athletic performance?
Caffeine is, for most people, safe for consumption during athletic events. Like anything, it is smart to stay within recommended limits, and enjoy in moderation. You also need to be aware of, and take into consideration, your own body’s condition and limitations. The best way to enhance sport performance is with long-term training, rest, and recovery. Caffeine can be thought of as the icing on your training cake.

You might find your sport has limits on how much caffeine you can take in during competition, so be sure to check. Those limits are usually quite generous. For example, in cycling you could consume several Turbo Truffles and remain under the limit.

If you are considering caffeine during competition, Turbo Truffles are a much safer way to consume your caffeine due to their measured dose. In contrast, you don’t always know how much caffeine you’re getting in a cup of coffee.

One reason caffeine can enhance performance is that it generally improves reaction time, which can be critical in competition. It also improves concentration and motor coordination.

Caffeine is proven to improve athletic performance in aerobic and anaerobic conditions, particularly in endurance sports such as running and cycling. Caffeine delays the onset of muscle fatigue, and it can improve sprint and time trial performance in both cycling and running, and can even improve power output in cycling.

Always drink plenty of fluids in combination with caffeine intake. This helps your body utilize the caffeine and stay hydrated.

Read more about caffeine here.

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