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Caffeine and Sports Nutrition

Caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world. In fact, over 80% of Australians consume caffeine daily. It’s fair to say we’re hooked on the stuff – and for good reason. It plays a vital role in performance enhancement, aids recovery and gives us the energy we need to get the most out of life.

The primary benefit of consuming caffeine is the effect it has on the central nervous system and its ability to reduce the perception of fatigue in the body. In short, a dose of caffeine blocks adenosine receptors, prolonging the time it takes us to fatigue meaning you can go harder for longer.

Studies show that caffeine is more effective when consumed in supplement form rather than via coffee or energy drinks. Some of the most effective energy supplement forms include gels, bars and of course, chewing gums. Chewing caffeine gums like Zuum Energy Gum is the most effective and efficient way to absorb caffeine, as the active ingredients are absorbed buccally (through the lining of the mouth) as you chew. Studies have found this absorption method to be up to 5x faster than liquid consumption, making energy gums the ultimate ‘when you need it’ energy solution.