05 Sep Ingredient of The Week: Caffeine Anhydrous
What is Caffeine Anhydrous?
Caffeine is a natural stimulant that is commonly found in tea, coffee, and cacao plants. As anhydrous, caffeine can either be derived naturally or synthetically. It functions by blocking the effects of adenosine, which relaxes the brain and makes you feel tired. The result is a stimulating effect to the brain.
Because of its stimulating effects, caffeine has been shown to directly increase potential of skeletal muscle force, work, and power. In short, caffeine almost immediately boosts overall physical and athletic performance. Caffeine has also been shown to reduce the perceived effects of fatigue, leading to greater bouts of stamina. Additionally, caffeine enhances mental focus, energy, and mood. Its benefits have been shown to be greater enhanced when paired with theanine.
Possible Side Effects:
There are several potential side effects of caffeine, and almost all are dose-dependent, and subjective. Some of these side effects include headache, nausea, dizziness, increased urination, dehydration, and increased blood pressure.
For enhanced performance of a 180 lb. individual, a dose of 80 – 240 mg has been shown to be effective. We have included 200 mg in our preworkout: Genesis.
When to Take:
Due to its role as a stimulant, caffeine is almost exclusively taken 30 – 60 minutes prior to workouts.