Tag Archives: Coffee and Research

Stay Buzzing

Blog_StayBuzzing_March2014_V01Everyone knows that coffee buzz that helps you get your day started but how long the buzz lasts depends on your ability to metabolize caffeine. “In 50 percent of people, caffeine has a half-life of two to three hours, which is why some of us can have a coffee after dinner and still sleep soundly that night,” says Jim Lane, PhD, professor of behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center, who studies caffeine.

“In others, caffeine’s effects last 6 to 10 hours, so even a cup of coffee after lunch can make it difficult for them to fall asleep.”

No matter how you metabolize the stuff, a morning joe gives most people the biggest jolt of the day. “By the time you pour your second cup, many of those receptors in the brain may be saturated with caffeine, so the effects aren’t as potent,” explains Jeffrey Mechanic, MC, president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Another reason to really savor your morning cup of coffee.

Spring In Your Step: Why Java Revs You Up

jogging_joltCoffee’s popularity dates back to goats: Legend has it that the ninth century, an Ethiopian farmer discovered that his flock became giddy after eating coffee plants. Thank caffeine, of course, for coffee’s stimulating powers.

“On a molecular level, caffeine binds to the receptors in the brain to block adenosine, a chemical that makes you sleepy,” says Andrea Giancoli RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Caffeine also stimulates that central nervous system, keeping you wide-eyed and improving your concentration and focus.

So put some a little spring in your step with a jolt of java.

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Perk Up Your Workout

Publix marathonA better workout: More than 70 studies have found that drinking two cups of joe one hour before exercise can enhance performance and make workouts seem easier, notes Nancy Clar, RD, author of Sports Nutrition Guidebook. “Caffeine activates the central nervous system,” she says, “and gives you a blast of adrenaline that helps you work out harder and more efficiently.”

Caffeine provides a nice jolt of energy when you’re feeling a little blah, and research shows it also enhances both cardio and strength endurance. You can read more in our previous post but for now perk up your workout by enjoying your coffee.

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