December 7, 2023
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In this weekly post, I share with you my most interesting discoveries of the week, including the latest news on the fronts of fitness, nutrition, health, wellness, biohacking, and anti-aging research. I also recap my upcoming events and special announcements so you can keep up with opportunities to learn, giveaways, discounts, and more!
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Caffeine's Effects On Exercise Performance Depends On Your Genes
Ever wondered if your genes play a role in how you respond to a pre-workout caffeine boost? A fascinating meta-analysis just shed some light on this, and the results are pretty intriguing…
Researchers dived into how different CYP1A2 genotypes (basically, your genetic makeup) affect your body's response to caffeine, especially when it comes to exercise performance. Scientists looked at three different blood genotypes (AA, AC, and CC, which refer to the type of hemoglobin present in someone's red blood cells) and analyzed how caffeine impacted each.
For the AAs and ACs out there: Good news! Caffeine generally improved exercise performance. AAs saw a more significant boost than ACs, but both groups benefited.
But, among the CCs, here's where it gets interesting. Caffeine actually reduced performance in this group. Plus, the amount and timing of caffeine intake had a unique impact on CCs, affecting their physical performance more than those with other genotypes. For CCs, waiting longer after consuming caffeine led to better performance.
What does this mean for you?
If you're into fitness and love your caffeine, your genetic makeup might be more important than you think.
While some can enjoy their caffeine boost worry-free, others might need to be more strategic about their caffeine intake, including how much they consume and when.
So, next time you reach for that cup of coffee or pre-workout supplement, remember — your genes might be playing a role in how effective that caffeine kick really is!
Most people don't know which of these three genotypes they have, but this is useful information nonetheless. Pay attention to how caffeine makes you feel when you work out. Are you more pumped up or easily wiped out? Make adjustments based on your body's feedback.
Note, if you do want to determine your genotype to better understand how you metabolize different substances, several methods are available, including the electrophoresis method, the Point of Care Test kit (POCT), and the High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) method.
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Kion Product Of The Week: Kion Protein Bar
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