Reaching for a cup of coffee is a morning ritual for thousands of people. It offers a comforting way to start the day and a boost of energy for everything the day brings. But is caffeine good for you?

With the many contradicting stories about whether or not caffeine consumption is a good or bad thing, it can be confusing to decide if reaching for that coffee or other product that contains caffeine is really worth it.

Fortunately for all the caffeine consumers out there, this naturally occurring substance has many things to offer the people who consume it.

The Ultra-Shake Blueberry Goji Mocha shake is a healthy choice as it contains healthy organic roasted coffee.  Because ultra-shake contains 60 mg of caffeine instead of the high doses typically found in supplements, it is well tolerated by most people looking for a workout boost or healthy pick-me-up during the day with a nutrient super-charged protein shake. Also by consuming caffeine in this natural antioxidant rich form, you are getting many extra benefits.

So, what does  Ultra-Shake Mocha shake really have to offer?

Improved circulation

Studies have shown people who consume coffee (regular, not decaf!) experience up to a 30% increase in blood flow for 60 minutes or more afterwards. This is a great way to boost your workout because your muscles get more blood and more oxygen[1]. This means your muscles can be properly fueled to help propel you through your workout at your best ability. An additional bonus that this helps increase your metabolic speed, meaning you’ll burn more calories during your workout and while resting[2].

Less pain

Consuming coffee about thirty minutes before a workout can help reduce the muscle pain you experience during the workout and the level of soreness as your muscles rebuild after the workout[3]. This is related to increased circulation and nutrients being sent to your muscles to help keep them fueled during your workout.  Since you won’t feel like you’re exerting your muscles as much, you can push even harder!

Muscle preservation

Because it helps fight free radicals and boost blood circulation throughout the body, caffeine can help preserve muscle tissue as people age[4]. This is something most people may not think about when it comes to consuming caffeine, but it’s certainly a benefit that shouldn’t be ignored.


Better memory

Consuming caffeine immediately after studying can help boost your ability to remember it the next day. A moderate amount of caffeine consumed on a regular basis can help you stay alert and energized throughout the day, increasing alertness and your ability to focus[5]. If you take in about the same amount on a daily basis, your body will get used to the affects and you won’t experience the diuretic effect or sudden spikes and crashes in energy like you would if you only have caffeine on occasion.

If you do consume caffeine to get the many benefits it has to offer, make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. People who are sensitive to caffeine, or have problems sleeping, should try to limit or eliminate intake about six hours before bed. 


Consider the Source

When looking at options for caffeine, consider how much you can handle in one sitting and what other benefits the source has. Coffee is the go to source of caffeine for most people, but there are many other options as well. Supplements are available with only caffeine or a variety of other vitamins and minerals depending on what your needs are.

However, there are also many foods such as chocolate and tea that contain caffeine. One of the most balanced sources of both caffeine and healthy nutrients is the Ultra-Shake, which contains 60 milligrams of caffeine.  The shake is convenient and only requires ice water to make. You can store it in your gym bag so you always have a healthy way to boost your energy, no matter where you are!


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