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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Two cups of coffee may douse workout pain from exercise

coffee reduces exercise painBy Jeanna Bryner

Caffeine cuts muscle soreness better than some drugs, small study suggests

Forgo the after-workout massage for a cup o' joe? Moderate doses of caffeine — the equivalent of two cups of coffee — can cut post-gym muscle pain, suggests a new but small study.

The findings have particular relevance for people new to exercise, since they tend to experience the most soreness.

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.

The researchers suggest the caffeine likely works by blocking the body’s receptors for adenosine, a chemical released in response to inflammation.

You might not want to rush and pack a thermos of coffee in your gym bag, however. For one, too much caffeine can cause jitteriness, heart palpitations and sleep disturbances in some people. Also, the results might not apply to regular caffeine users, who might be less sensitive to caffeine’s effects.

Plus, the researchers only studied women, and men could respond differently. To verify the results for the general population, the study will need to be replicated with more participants and also with men.

Still, the scientists said caffeine appears to give more relief than found with conventional pain and soreness relievers, such as naproxen (the active ingredient in Aleve), aspirin and ibuprofen.

A lot of times what people use for muscle pain is aspirin or ibuprofen, but caffeine seems to work better than those drugs, at least among women whose daily caffeine consumption is low,
said Patrick O'Connor, also of the University of Georgia.

The research will be detailed in the February issue of The Journal of Pain.

original post: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16562844/

[Rob's Note:] Now I'm not saying that you all go out and begin drinking coffee or taking caffeine pills or anything like that, but I saw this article in my local paper a few hours ago and it caught my attention.

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At 12:49 PM, Blogger Jared Wash said...

This is very interesting as I love coffee and to know it has an affect on my workouts is astonishing.


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