Drinking coffee and taking caffeine pills could help improve endurance in athletes, a new study claims.
Simon Higgins, a doctoral student at the University of Georgia reviewed more than 600 articles and screened them for those that concentrated only on caffeinated-coffee conditions, measured the caffeine dose and measured an endurance performance of which nice of these control trials specifically used coffee to improve endurance.
When researching the effects of caffeine from coffee, Higgins found two important discoveries: that caffeine from coffee has ergogenic benefits-that it enhances physical performance- and that more research is needed on the use of caffeine from coffee versus pure caffeine use.
"While there is a lack of high-quality research on coffee as a source of caffeine, there is an abundance on pure caffeine", he said. "It is surprising how little we know about caffeine from coffee when its endurance effects could be just as beneficial as pure caffeine".
He found that coffee appears to be just as helpful as taking caffeine in the form of powder or tablets.
"There is a perception that coffee won't give you the same benefits as pure caffeine. New research could mean that athletes could have a cup of coffee versus taking a pill", Higgins said.
The study was published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.