Coffee can help the athlete improve performance, according to a study

With its irresistible aroma and great flavor, coffee is not only a pleasure for taste buds, but also a blessing for athletes. Yes, it has been discovered that drinking coffee improves cycling speed in both men and women.

The study, published in the journal Nutrients investigated the effect of coffee ingestion on a 5km cycling test, found that it had a positive effect on the performance of the time trial of both sexes. The study findings suggest that both men and women respond similarly to coffee and that coffee intake can be a practical source of caffeine before exercise to improve performance.

At first, the study was conducted in 38 participants (19 men, 19 women). Participants restricted coffee consumption for 12 hours before drinking: coffee that provides 3 mg.kg-1 of caffeine, a placebo in water or nothing as a control.

In a 5km cycling time trial, after coffee ingestion, the performance of men and women improved by approximately nine seconds and six seconds compared to those who took the placebo or the control.

No differences in performance were observed between placebo and control. The study contributes to the growing body of research that highlights the ergogenic benefit of coffee ingestion. To date, much of the research on this topic has focused only on anhydrous caffeine and men.

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