The so-called supercafé has long been gaining notoriety and space in the diet of those who practice physical activity. This is because many people use this supplement with the aim of increasing performance during training.
On the other hand, there are those who use the supercafé for other purposes, such as cognitive improvement, concentration and attention, aiming for example to increase performance at work or in study. But does super coffee really have all these benefits?
Find out the top questions about the supplement.
What is super coffee?
It is a drink based on soluble coffee with the addition of substances such as:
- vitamins and minerals;
- MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides);
- Amino acids;
- And even herbaceous plants.
What is it for and what are the benefits?
The supercafè aims to:
- Fat burning stimulus;
- Better sports performance;
- Reduction of fatigue (tiredness);
- Cognitive improvement (focus, concentration and memory);
- Generate more energy.
What is the composition of super coffee?
The components of the supplement may vary from brand to brand, but the basis is always the same: instant coffee, taurine, MCTs, green tea, and cayenne pepper.
Does super coffee help pre-workout?
Yes. Because it contains caffeine and other components, the drink helps with concentration, as well as giving you more energy during physical activities.
But be careful: the product must be accompanied by a balanced and healthy diet.
Is it true that super coffee makes you lose weight?
No, there is not yet enough scientific evidence to show that the supplement plays a role in weight loss.
What happens is that, depending on the composition of the drink, it can have stimulating properties that can increase the intensity of exercise.
And this, in addition to reducing fatigue, when combined with a low-calorie meal plan, can lead to weight loss. But still: the drink alone is not able to lose weight.
It is worth knowing that among the components of super coffee, those elements scientifically known to stimulate lipolysis (fat burning) are:
- Green tea
- Cayenne pepper.
How should you drink super coffee?
Since the product is sold in soluble powder, the manufacturers recommend diluting 1 to 2 doses (about 10 g per dose) in 100 ml to 150 ml of water, and it can be consumed hot or cold, in the morning after waking up, before of physical activity or activities that require concentration.
If you prefer, you can mix the supplement with black coffee or vegetable milk. It’s also possible to make a smoothie with fruit or consume it with whey protein, for example, if the intention is to get a higher protein intake.
But be careful: since it is a drink containing caffeine, its consumption after 4.00 pm is not recommended, as it can generate anxiety, agitation and sleep disturbances in response to caffeine.
What is the ideal dosage per day?
The dosage may vary depending on the brand, but 1 to 2 doses per day are generally recommended. And each serving provides an average of 50mg to 80mg of caffeine.
The most important thing is to pay attention to the maximum amount of caffeine allowed for each person. Anvisa, following the pattern of other regulatory agencies around the world, recommends a maximum daily intake of 400mg of caffeine per day.
And it’s worth remembering that super coffee is a supplement, so its consumption should be guided by a nutritionist.
What are the side effects of super coffee?
Side effects can be felt by people who are more sensitive to caffeine, formula components or if you overuse it. Among the side effects are:
- Cardiac arrhythmia;
- Restlessness and anxiety;
- Stomach ache;
- Nausea, diarrhea and vomiting;
- Difficulty sleeping;
- Warm feeling.
What long-term effects if you use a higher dosage than recommended?
The effects are many, including:
- Stomach ache;
- Difficulty sleeping;
- Low tolerance to the effects of caffeine;
- Gastric discomfort, with worsening of conditions such as gastritis and gastroesophageal reflux.
And due to difficulty sleeping and changes in the quality of sleep, the person may begin to have episodes of cravings for sweets and other appetizing foods, such as fatty foods.
Both poor sleep and unbalanced gut health can, in the long run, make the process of losing weight and maintaining weight difficult. And this can increase the risk factor for chronic non-communicable diseases (hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, rheumatism, etc.), due to increased insulin resistance and inflammation of tissues such as muscle, adipose tissue and brain .
Are there any contraindications to the supercafe?
Yes, the supplement is not suitable for:
- Pregnant women;
- Breastfeeding women;
- People suffering from anxiety, insomnia or gastric problems, such as reflux or gastritis;
- People allergic to any element used in the composition of the product.
- Heart disease.
Below are some of the supplement brands available:
SuperCoffee (380g) – Army of caffeine
Price: BRL 229
Thanks to the ingredients present in this supplement, the product has the following benefits: greater satiety; antioxidant properties; improves skin elasticity; improved mood and memory.
Ultra Coffee (220 g) – Vegetable power
Price: BRL 129.97
With cocoa, B-complex vitamins, green tea, cinnamon, ginger and others, this super coffee uses a special TCM which contains C8 (caprylic acid) and C10 (capric acid), which improves energy production in the body.
Power Coffee (220 g) – Puravida
Price: BRL 104.49 to BRL 87.22 (17% discount)
This super coffee has 24 ingredients, including vitamins D3, C and B-complex. The supplement helps reduce the oxidative stress that occurs in the body every day.
Coffee Evolution (220g)
Price: from BRL 165.90 to BRL 149.90 (10% discount)
Instant drink based on 100% Arabica coffee. The combination of 80mg of caffeine with MCT coconut milk and thermogenic ingredients helps improve physical and mental performance.
SuperCoffee 3.0 (220 g), choconilla flavor – Caffeine Army
Price: BRL 158
This supplement combines coffee with some ingredients, which can bring benefits such as increased energy, improved memory and concentration, as well as antioxidant and thermogenic action.
Sources: Carla Gomesnutritionist at HGF (General Hospital of Fortaleza); Jefferson Arrudanutritionist and coordinator of the nutrition course at Uninassau (Centro Universitário Maurício de Nassau), in Pernambuco; Renata brand names, endocrinologist at the São Luiz Itaim Medical Center (Rede D’Or) and the EndoVitta Institute, both in São Paulo; And Thai Barcafunctional and sports nutritionist at Clínica CliNutri, in São Paulo.
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