Supplements under the microscope - caffeine & nitrate
Many athletes naturally gravitate to exploring the margin gains that may help them extract those extra one percenters.
Many supplements have no measureable benefit; numerous have performance benefits but are classified by doping regulatory bodies as illegal; and some legal supplements do provide measurable performance gains.
The objective of this editorial (part 1 of a 2-part series) is not to advocate or dismiss the use of supplements for performance benefits, but to provide perspectives on a selection of popular sports supplements that demonstrate scientific evidence for performance gains.
In the July 2018 edition of the Australian Triathlete Magazine, exercise physiologist Dr Simon Sostaric discusses endurance performance enhancing perspectives of caffeine and nitrate supplementation.