Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Two cups of coffee may douse workout pain

Caffeine cuts muscle soreness better than some drugs MSNBC 1/10/07 "“If you can use caffeine to reduce the pain, it may make it easier to transition from that first week into a much longer exercise program,” said lead researcher Victor Maridakis of the University of Georgia...Past studies have shown it also boosts endurance, and one experiment found caffeine reduces pain during moderate-intensity cycling.
The researchers suggest the caffeine likely works by blocking the body’s receptors for adenosine, a chemical released in response to inflammation...too much caffeine can cause jitteriness, heart palpitations and sleep disturbances in some people. Also, the results might not apply to regular caffeine users, who might be less sensitive to caffeine’s effects"

Normally I wouldn't post a study based on 9 people, but from my own experience (make it 10! ) I can vouch for this. Later they might find it's all hooey, but for now, you can count me as number ten in this study. However, I do wonder if caffeine is only masking the pain where aspirin and ibuprofen actually limit inflammation thus lowering pain.

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