Should You Take a Caffeine Supplement?

June 10, 2016

Should You Take a Caffeine Supplement?


caffeine vs coffeeThere are many benefits to including a caffeine pill supplement in your diet whether thats for great mental focus and clarity, better workouts, or enhanced weight loss results. But should you take a caffeine supplement and whats the difference between taking a caffeine pill versus just drinking coffee.  Here we'e broken down some of the frequently asked questions we get regarding caffeine intake. 

How Much Caffeine is in a Caffeine Pill vs Coffee?

Most caffeine pills/ caffeine supplements carry 100 -200mg with 200mg being at the extra strength end of the scale. Nexpharma Caffeine carries the optimum dosage of 200mg as a pharmaceutical grade premium product.  In a cup of coffee you can get anywhere from 80mg to 200mg  and in a venti from Starbucks there is a whopping 400+mg but most energy drinks only carry about 200-300mg.  Here is a list of caffeine content broken down by various drinks .

A lot of people choose a caffeine supplement because they don't want the extra calories of consuming sugars drinks or other additives to those drinks. Plus it is much easier to know your exact dosage when taken in caffeine pill form. Several studies have  also shown that the anhydrous caffeine in the pill form is more effective in improving performance than the caffeine in coffee.

Does Caffeine Help Your Workout? 

Taking caffeine 20-30 minutes before a workout is similar to taking a pre-workout supplement. The caffeine will increase your focus and help you push past mental limitations as well as increase blood flow. For endurance sports, the research show that caffeine improves performance significantly. When taking caffeine as a supplement for endurance sports its important to cut out all other uses of caffeine so that you do not build up a tolerance. Additionally, for peak performance at a sporting event you should cease taking caffeine several days prior and then take it the day of the event. 

Can Caffeine Help You Lose Weight?

There are multiple ways in which consumption of caffeine helps to lose weight. Two of the most noted ways are through appetite suppression and increasing thermogenisis (the way your body generates heat and energy from digesting food.) 

When used in moderation (400 milligrams or less) by healthy adults, caffeine is generally safe. But too much caffeine might cause nervousness, insomnia, nausea, increased blood pressure and other problems. Caffeine is also a diuretic so make sure to stay hydrated and drink extra water . 

When used in moderation (400 milligrams or less) by healthy adults, caffeine is generally safe. But too much caffeine might cause nervousness, insomnia, nausea, increased blood pressure and other problems. Its recommended that you always consult with your physician before starting a new diet or exercise program, especially if there is a history of heart problems, high blood pressure, or sensitivity. 





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