Do you drink coffee?
I think many people who train probably do sometimes. Coffee is an easy pick-me-up for the day that helps us grind through our work and get to training at night.
However some people actually argue against drinking coffee as an athlete due to a variety of factors from the slight diuretic effect it can have to personal sensitivity to caffeine or stomach problems.
I firmly believe that most people could benefit from adding a little coffee to their daily routine, though.
Here are the top three reasons that jiu-jitsukas need coffee.
- Caffeine: Coffee is the best source for caffeine, which has proven effects on sports performance. Other alternative energy drinks can be loaded with chemicals that can have harmful effects on both your body and your training. There have been many studies on its effects but in one article I found, “The average improvement in performance is about 12 percent, with more benefits noticed during endurance exercise than with shorter exercise (eight to 20 minutes) and a negligible amount for sprinters. More benefits are also noticed in athletes who rarely drink coffee, hence are not tolerant to its stimulant effect.”( Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D, active.com).
- Weight Management: Caffeine can also aid in weight loss, which can aid many jiu-jitsuka. There are 3 general ways this happens, and all have been basically proven in many studies. The first is through appetite suppression. Caffeine has been proven to help suppress appetite and I’m sure anyone who drinks it can attest to that. The second way caffeine can help with weight management is through its mild thermogenic effect. Essentially it has a mild effect on your body heat regulation and thus can increase metabolism rates. This is a mild effect that probably won’t burn many calories throughout the day, but everything counts. The last way is through its slight diuretic effect. While losing weight this way is not ideal, sometimes in a tough weight cut, it could help.
- Antioxidant Property: Coffee is, believe it or not, a great antioxidant and one of the more common sources in America. “Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close,” says researcher Joe Vinson, PhD, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, in a news release.(Warner, 2005). Another astounding fact from the same source is that coffee is actually a more potent antioxidant than fruit. “Vinson says high antioxidant levels in foods and beverages don’t always translate into high antioxidant levels in the body. He says the potential health benefits of antioxidants depend largely on how they are absorbed and used by the body, and that’s a process that is still poorly understood by researchers. Researchers calculated the top sources of antioxidants based on the average U.S. per capita consumption of 100 food and beverages containing the compounds. The results showed that based on both antioxidant content per serving size and frequency of consumption, coffee came out on top, topping other popular sources of antioxidants, such as tea,chocolate, and fruit.” (Warner, 2005)
As you can see from the information provided, there are indeed many benefits to consuming some coffee in your diet. Although some people can run into problems with caffeine sensitivity and other adverse effects, most people stand to gain from coffee.
What are your thoughts about consuming caffeine ?