Does caffeine help you run faster?

This question is about Running

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, Freelance Writer

Caffeine has been shown to improve performance, speed, power, and endurance capacity when consumed before a run [




]. Consuming 3-6 mg of caffeine/kg of body weight 15 - 60 minutes before exercise seems to benefit most runners. While individual responses to caffeine vary, research suggests total caffeine intake shouldn’t exceed 400mg/day [


]. To put it in perspective, 1 cup of coffee (8 oz.) provides about 100 mg of caffeine.

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