Enhance Performance with Caffeine

Diet advice
Migliora le Prestazioni con la Caffeina
Caffeine does not bring any nutritional value to the body, but for centuries, if not millennia, it has been used by man for its well-known properties. Its chemical name is 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, ie 1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6(3H,7H)-dione and is present in many plants, in leaves, seeds and fruits. After taking caffeine, orally, through exciting drinks that are often part of our habits, or through specific supplements, it is absorbed very quickly by the body, with the peak reached within 90 minutes. The effects of caffeine (excitement and energy) linger for about three to four hours, but its half life (he defines himself half life the time taken to dispose of 50% of the substance) is in fact highly variable. It depends on body weight, age, liver health and other minor parameters. Among the various effects caused by caffeine, a significant benefit has been found in sports; the athletes' performances, in fact, seem to improve. AND? Indeed, it has been shown that caffeine can:
  • Limit fatigue and tiredness
  • Improve attention and concentration
  • Act directly on the central nervous system
  • Promote the absorption of glucose contained in foods taken before performance
It must be said, however, that the doses are extremely important, and only by scrupulously adhering to those indicated can an excellent level be reached during training or competitions. In fact, 3 milligrams of substance are recommended for every kilogram of body weight. The dose should be taken in full about an hour before athletic effort. For subjects who habitually consume caffeine during the day, they should avoid coffee and other drinks for at least 1 day before the performance, according to recent studies conducted by EFSA, more precisely in 2011.

Herbalife products with caffeine

The company produces various formulations containing large doses of caffeine, namely:
  • Guarana, in tablets, a supplement to be consumed during the day rich in caffeine (more than 30 mg per tablet)
  • Liftoff, in effervescent tablets, with vitamin C and others of group B and 75 milligrams of caffeine; it is recommended to take it about an hour before sporting performance
  • Herbal infusion, with tea extract, to be consumed both cold and hot, provides about 85 milligrams of caffeine per serving
In any case, we advise against excessive consumption of this particular substance, limiting the quantities to what was established by EFSA in 2015, i.e. no more than 400 milligrams to be distributed throughout the day, and no more than 200 milligrams in a single dose . To give some examples, a coffee at the bar contains about 80 milligrams of caffeine, while a can of Cocacola only 40 milligrams.

What is EFSA

It is the European Food Safety Authority, an independent agency funded by the EU, established in 2002 with headquarters in Parma. It works totally detached from other bodies of the European Community such as the European Parliament and others. It is responsible for studying the possible risks relating to the food chain. There are four distinct bodies that are part of EFSA:
  • The scientific Committee which is responsible for issuing scientific opinions and advice
  • The board of directors which draws up the annual budget and approves programs and projects
  • The Executive Director who legally represents EFSA
  • The final forum risk assessment manager

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