in Ingredients Simplified

09 09 2021

Caffeine Anhydrous, a potent central nervous system and metabolic stimulant, was first isolated and purified into a powered substance in 1819 by Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge. However, caffeine has been around since well before records began where it was used as a medicinal and recreational drug. First derived from plants most commonly the bean from you guessed it, the coffee plant. Caffeine has since made huge developments and can now be synthesised in laboratories for use in products such as energy drinks and pre-workout.

Key benefits

Caffeine anhydrous is shown to reduce fatigue, improve concentration and increase performance. It most notably reduces sedation and relaxation by inhibiting the production of Adenosine, the chemical associated with sleep. This stimulant will increase energy, focus, increase muscle power and help to fight fatigue. It’s a fundamental ingredient in all stimulant-based pre-workouts when dosed correctly.

How much should you use

Between 100-300mg per serving, 400mg a day is generally accepted as the upper limit for caffeine consumption. Many will either themselves or know someone whose intake of caffeine is well above this standard therefore it is also not recommended to consume more than a cup of coffee on the same day as taking a pre-workout supplement containing caffeine.

When should you take it

You guessed it, the two most popular times to consume caffeine and the times recommended are either soon after waking or 15-30 minutes before a workout.

Are there any side effects

Caffeine is generally considered safe for humans. There are however side effects linked to excess consumption of the daily safe limit (400mg) which could be but are not limited to anxiety, restlessness, tremors, irregular heartbeat, and trouble sleeping. Consuming beyond the recommended caffeine intake may also result in headaches, migraines, and also high blood pressure. There are generally no side effects with caffeine when consumed within the limits.

Products containing caffeine

The Pre-workout