Coffee cuts exercise-induced asthma
Drinking caffeine within an hour of exercise can reduce the symptoms of exercise induced asthma (EIA), characterized by shortness of breath.
Researchers believe prolonged use of inhaled corticosteroids -- commonly used to treat EIA -- not only lowers the effectiveness of these medications, but also places the consumer at an increased risk of developing potential side effects.
Many therefore are studying the effectiveness of certain natural compounds in reducing the severity of EIA as well as the patient's reliance on pharmacotherapy.
According to a study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine conference, a large dose (9 milligrams per kilogram of body weight) of caffeine taken within an hour after exercise is as effective as an albuterol inhaler, the medication commonly used to treat or prevent EIA during sustained aerobic activity.
Smaller amounts though were reported effective only in lowering the wheezing and coughing also found in EIA sufferers.
Combining caffeine with an albuterol inhaler; however, was not associated with any additional benefits.
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