Coffee for Your Energy. Perk & Peak Your Physique
Boost energy, blast fat and focus better with these five ingredients
BY CHIOMA OZUZU
RUNNING LOW on energy? You’re not alone. Busy professionals, college students, and business owners alike feel sluggishness every now and then. Fatigue can also be a side effect of stress, anxiety, boredom, or depression.
So how do you combat lethargy on short notice? When you need more body benefits than coffee alone, here are five ingredients that can be a great aid in increasing your energy and enhancing focus.
Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system, and it is commonly consumed in the form of coffee, energy drinks, and even dark chocolate, although it can also be taken as a pill. In a study analysis of caffeine supplementation, researchers in the Journal of Sports Medicine found that approximately 200 milligrams of caffeine (about the amount found in 16 ounces of coffee) was enough to significantly boost endurance exercise performance.
Taurine, which is often higher in those who consume poultry, is the most abundant non-essential amino acid. It helps support healthy function of the retina, brain, tissues, and organs. According to research in Amino Acids, taurine’s antioxidant properties may play a fundamental role in the immune system, and its anti-inflammatory effect may help protect organ tissue from oxidative stress. Plus, it may actually have a protective effect for those at risk of coronary heart disease.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is an essential fatty acid found mainly in beef and dairy. Women may benefit from ingesting CLA because some research points to it helping protect against colorectal cancer. And in a study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, intake of CLA showed positive correlations with reduction in certain types of breast cancer tumor growth. Taking CLA daily might also reduce overall body fat for obese individuals.
Glutamine is another nonessential amino acid that is produced and stored in the muscles. The human body produces enough glutamine daily, but when it undergoes extreme stress, such as during intense workouts, the body may use up more than it can make. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, this amino is important for removing excessive ammonia (a common waste product) from the body and for helping with healthy gut function.
GREEN COFFEE EXTRACT
The seeds of green coffee are unroasted, unlike regular coffee beans. As a result, green coffee beans have higher levels of chlorogenic acid, which researchers at Myongji University in Korea found has potential anti-obesity effects in mice, including lowering body-fat accumulation.