Athletes commonly use creatine as a performance enhancer to boost stamina and energy, and coffee is also consumed for similar reasons. While athletes may benefit from the extra boost of the combination of the two, routine coffee drinkers will get enough of a kick without adding creatine.
But can you put creatine in coffee?
The simple answer is yes; you can put creatine in coffee. You can add it to your morning cup if you are looking for an extra energy kick during physical activity. Since it is typically a flavorless powder, it can be added easily without interfering with the taste of your coffee.
Creatine vs Caffeine
While creatine and caffeine both have energy-boosting properties, they are chemically different.
Creatine is stored as phosphocreatine in our bodies, primarily in our muscles, where it is used for energy. As a phosphate donor, it helps convert adenosine diphosphate (ADP) to adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the basic energy-carrying unit found in the cells of all living things that powers muscle contractions and a variety of other metabolic processes. Creatine works primarily by stimulating the natural production of cellular ATP energy: a non-stimulatory energy-carrying unit that powers muscle contractions and a variety of different bioenergetic reactions.
Caffeine is a psychostimulatory “drug” found naturally in many dietary food sources, such as coffee beans and green tea leaves, that binds to adenosine receptors to block adenosine’s fatigue-promoting effects, resulting in increased mental arousal and focus. Caffeine “hijacks” the body’s fatigue-promoting neurochemical process to promote elevated arousal, alertness, and attention, which is why caffeine is commonly regarded as a “drug despite being a naturally sourced dietary compound.”
What Are the Benefits of Taking Creatine with Your Coffee?
What Are the Cons of Adding Creatine to Your Coffee?
While creatine and coffee can provide many benefits, too much of either can disrupt normal body functions. There are also a few cons that need to be considered.
How Much Creatine Should You Add to Your Coffee?
If you drink more than one cup of coffee daily, stick to adding creatine to only one of them, preferably about 45 minutes before your workout.
Tips for Adding Creatine to You Coffee
If you mix creatine and coffee, here are some tips for consuming it more safely and effectively.
Adding creatine to your coffee and consuming it in moderate amounts can benefit physical performance, strength and stamina. While there may be minor side effects, putting creatine in your coffee is an excellent option as a pre-workout supplement for an extra power boost. Although more research is needed on the matter, it is safe to say that you can add creatine to your coffee with minimal risk of side effects.
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