Yet another benefit of coffee has been found. A small study shows that caffeine equivalent to two cups of coffee can reduce post-gym muscle pain. MSNBC reports:
“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.
Maridakis and his colleagues studied nine female college students who were not regular caffeine and coffee drinkers didn’t exercise on a regular basis. One and two days after an exercise session that caused moderate muscle soreness, the participants took either caffeine or a placebo. Then they completed two thigh exercises, one requiring maximum muscle effort, the other sub-maximal effort.
Those who consumed caffeine one hour before the maximum force test had a 48 percent reduction in pain compared with the placebo group. Students who took caffeine before the near-maximum force test showed a 26 percent reduction in soreness.
Anyone who has needed a pick-me-up knows caffeine can increase alertness. Past studies have shown it also boosts endurance, and one experiment found caffeine reduces pain during moderate-intensity cycling.
In a related study I just found that if you drink two cups of coffee and stay at Starbucks instead of going to the gym you will enjoy the coffee more and have a total absence of pain.
If you find this to be too off-topic, a previous post on another benefit of coffee more relevant to this blog is under the fold.
Posted by Ron Chusid
June 6th, 2006 @ 7:13 am
We’ve had a lot of expressions of love of coffee in the comments, including a recent attempt to interface the blog with my Tassimo coffee maker. Perhaps there’s a reason for our love of coffee, along with the stereotype of liberal latte drinkers. Coffee may be part of the explanation for our open-mindedness and resistance to narrowly following dogma as the Republicans do. The New Scientist reports:
The coffee you drink as a pick-me-up in the morning could also make you more open to persuasion, researchers say. Evidence from a new study suggests that this happens because caffeine revs up the brain, not because it generally boosts mood.
Previous studies have show that consuming caffeine can improve one’s attention and enhance cognitive performance, with 200 milligrams (equivalent to two cups of coffee) being the optimal dose.
Moderate doses of caffeine can also make you more easily convinced by arguments that go against your beliefs, say Pearl Martin of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and her colleagues.
Perhaps with a bit more coffee conservatives would be more open to pursuasion when their beliefs are not supported by the facts. However they may be on to us as some suspect Starbucks is part of a plot to promote homosexuality.