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Caffeine is a natural psychoactive stimulant found in coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and some colas. It is no secret that America runs on Dunkin’, but that caffeine content is affecting your body in a lot more ways than you probably realize. 

First, caffeine acts as a neuromuscular stimulant in your body, which affects the nervous system and muscular system in conjunction. Caffeine acts to decrease feelings of fatigue (thus increasing time to muscular exhaustion), improve mental functioning, improve memory and recognition, speed up reaction times, and may even suppress hunger.

Next, let’s break those effects down to see exactly how it could benefit you.

Because caffeine buffers feelings of fatigue and increases time to exhaustion, your workouts may be more effective because you’ll be able to add extra reps to your upper and lower body exercises, jog 5 more minutes, or improve your 1-mile run. 

Caffeine may serve to be a great tool to use in the classroom or at work too because of the neurological effects that improve your mental functioning and recognition as well as speed up reaction times.

Looking to lose a few extra pounds? Caffeine may be the supplement that will curb your appetite as well. 

Disclaimer: As with any supplement, consult with your healthcare provider or trusted medical expert to find the correct dose for your goals and to rule out any reasons why you should not consume caffeine.  

by HealthEase fitness professional Dominick LaMorgia