July 30, 2021
Do you drink coffee?
Because you may be able to give yourself a pat on the back. Coffee may be helpful towards achieving your muscle building goals!
Let me explain.
Myostatin is a key regulator of muscle growth.
Compounds that inhibit myostatin effects are of interest to sports performance and bodybuilding.
Myostatin is recognized as a major inhibitor of muscle growth and its skeletal/blood levels are reported to increase with aging and in muscle wasting diseases (Gutierrez-Salmean et al., 2015).
Increasing or maintaining skeletal muscle mass is an important goal for athletes, patients, and the elderly.
Dietary coffee increases muscle function and skeletal muscle hypertrophy in mice.
These effects are attributable to a decrease in Myostatin and increase in IGF expression.
The constituent believed to be responsible for these effects is Caffeic acid, which is a metabolite of Chlorogenic acid (Jang et al., 2018).
These results suggest that1 to 3 cups of coffee per day in humans may promote skeletal muscle growth and myogenic differentiation and prevent muscle loss or weakness by disease or sarcopenia.
You can add this to the list of benefits coffee yields.
It is entirely up to you to be in-tune in with your body, to determine whether coffee is serving you on your health and wellness goals.