Caffeine can boost athletic performanceAccording to scientists at the University of Birmingham, athletes can benefit from intake of caffeine while delivering performance as it boosts absorption of carbohydrates by the human body. The study was conducted by researchers at University of Birmingham’s school of sport and exercise sciences.

It was found during the study that caffeine into sports drinks can enhance the absorption rate of carbohydrates by as much as 26 percent, which can give a distinctive edge to athletes somewhat like steroids while participating in professional events.

Dr. Asker Jeukendrup, the director of the University’s Human Performance Laboratory, was of the view that if an individual can obtain energy from his or her drinks then he or she is using less energy from the body stores. Jeukendrup also said that while caffeine does affect carbohydrates in the body, it cannot be termed as a performance-enhancing substance.

It is important to note here that Caffeine was removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency list of banned substances, way back in January 2004.

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