Coffee Benefits You May Not Know About

More than half of all Americans start their day with coffee, and while it’s a morning perk for most, many don’t know that coffee is actually a great workout stimulant as well. Time magazine reports that taking in about 300mg of caffeine one hour before a workout (about 12 ounces of brewed coffee) can help burn 15 percent more calories for up to three hours post-exercise.

Coffee not only aids in calorie burning, but also in muscular endurance and blood flow as well. In a reported study, blood flow increased 30 percent in those who downed a regular serving of coffee, providing better circulation to your muscles, helping you push those reps. It’ll also prevent post-workout muscle pain and improve endurance.

While this all sounds like a win and may have you running towards your nearest coffee shop before hitting the gym, be warned – more than 400mg a day of caffeine a day (or a large cup of coffee) can have harmful side effects, such as raised blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. Also, most coffee drinkers sweeten up their drink with cream and sugar, which can almost ruin all the benefits coffee can have on your body. Instead, try coffee with almond milk, add it to your favorite smoothie, or drink it straight up black.

Perhaps black coffee isn’t your thing? There’s now a new way to enjoy coffee’s caffeine benefits – in wine? A Florida-based company, Friends Fun Wine, recently announced their new coffee-wine drinks, served in a slim 8 ounce can with 6% alcohol content. The coffee/wine fusion comes in two flavors: Cabernet Coffee Espresso and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino. “It’s a coffee illusion. It’s a wine revolution. It’s coffee. It’s wine. It’s the first Coffee Wine,” the company’s Facebook page boasts.

No matter which way you take your caffeine – in black coffee, something sweeter, or perhaps in wine – make sure you’re using it moderation and consuming an hour before working out in order to reap the maximum benefits.

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