How caffeine works

Caffeine, most usually consumed as coffee, but increasingly as energy drinks, turbo-charges the central nervous system resulting in an increased heart rate and speeded up breathing. This rush, as it is commonly known, speeds the metabolism and gives us a feeling of energy. What if you could get this rush without the negative side effects? 

Caffeine the performance enhancer

Used as part of a training programme, caffeine can massively improve both performance and results. This is because caffeine promotes larger amounts of calcium release by muscles, which leads to stronger muscular action; bigger muscles, better results = boosted performance.

To the downside

Caffeine is a drug like any other, and it has to be managed to ensure that the negative effects don’t outweigh the positive ones. Caffeine can interfere with sleep patterns as well as triggering that Aztec-type overkill response to difficult situations. While the downsides have received most press coverage, caffeine, as part of a balanced diet, has some amazing benefits.

Healthy alternative containing caffeine

It’s always worth looking at other ways to get the kind of effects that caffeine can deliver, matcha green tea has a similar effect on the metabolism to caffeine but without the head-aching, anxiety-promoting, human-sacrificing potential of too much caffeine