Are the coffee bars vegan and/or gluten-free?
Yes! The pre-workout coffee bars are both vegan and gluten-free. The only ingredients are: coffee beans, cocoa butter, sugar, caffeine, beta-alanine, and soy lecithin.
What benefits can coffee bring to my training?
Decreases Uric Acid in the Blood
Coffee has been found to decrease the amount of uric acid in the blood, which can decrease the risk of developing gout and arthritis.
Coffee is full of antioxidants, and according to the University of Scranton, coffee contains the largest amount of antioxidants found in the western diet. Antioxidants protect the body from damage from free radicals, and can increase muscle recovery.
Additional studies have investigated the relationship between exercise and recovery while consuming coffee. An Australian team of researchers studied the effects of coffee on glycogen with cyclists. From the study, riders who consumed coffee post-workout had higher levels of glycogen 4 hours after the ride was completed. Ideally, in order to maximize the effects of recovery with coffee, carbohydrates should also be consumed at the same time. The combination of carbohydrates and caffeine can allow for better muscle glycogen resynthesis when compared to only consuming carbohydrates post-workout.
What is beta-alanine?
Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid that is produced naturally in the body. It's main function is to aid in the production of carnosine. That's a compound that plays a role in muscle endurance in high-intensity exercise.
Here's how it's works: Muscles contain carnosine. Higher levels of carnosine may allow the muscles to perform for longer periods before they become fatigued. Carnosine does this by helping to regulate acid buildup in the muscles, a primary cause of muscle fatigue. Beta-alanine is one of carnosine's main ingredients. Beta-alanine supplements are thought to boost the production of carnosine and, in turn, boost sports performance.