Liam Neeson is most recognized for his portrayal of the abrasive Byran Mills in the Taken series. However, behind the scenes, 70-year-old actor Liam Neeson was rendered powerless by “agonizing” spasms in his leg, which he subsequently recognized were caused by excessive coffee drinking.
Liam Neeson’s reputation as an action thriller actor has grown with the success of the Taken flicks. Memory, his most recent work, which was released in April 2022, is about a skilled assassin who becomes the target of a criminal organization.
Neeson has been assisting GB News broadcaster Eamonn Holmes with his chronic pain away from the action after suffering from an episode of chronic pain. When the two were on a plane together, Neeson allegedly said to Holmes, “Rest is rust, and movement is lotion.”
Neeson previously discussed his own experience with leg cramps on Radio 5 Live. “In the middle of the night, I was getting cramps and shooting pains in my leg,” the celebrity admitted at the time.
“I cried because the agony was unbearable.”
“A buddy set me up with the massage therapist who works with all Broadway dancers, and he treated me.”
A massage therapist was able to help Neeson stop cramping since he was in tremendous discomfort.
“He got rid of lactic acid crystals in my leg and afterwards,” the actor explained.
Lactic acid crystallizes into crystalline forms as it accumulates in the muscle. The greater these crystals develop, the longer the muscle is contracted.
Because of the restricted blood flow caused by growing muscular density, the muscle’s ability to flush away waste products is diminished.
Lactic acid, a significant muscle waste product, accumulates when muscles are worked out for an extended period of time.
According to Huddersfield Sports Massage Therapy, drinking will not help remove lactic acid after it has built up. The majority of this acid is held in by muscles that are always stiff.
These crystals subsequently rub against pain-sensitive muscle fibers in the injured muscle, producing extreme pain and, because necessary nutrients are not given, incapacitating long-term implications on the body.
According to the Mayo Clinic, lactic acid buildup in muscles is usual as a result of overuse and dehydration, but Neeson’s caffeine use was responsible for a major portion of the buildup.
“Do you consume a lot of coffee?”
“When [the therapist] asked, I said yes,” Neeson continued.
“I also noticed a 90% reduction in cramps after switching to decaf.”
Neeson claimed that he is now “addicted” to decaf tea, a healthy alternative to coffee, after giving up caffeine and noticing the effects it had on his terrible cramps.
According to Graham and Spriet’s research, endurance sports such as long-distance running cause an increase in blood glucose concentration. This is crucial to understanding why lactic acid accumulates because lactic acid is produced when the body lacks the oxygen required to turn glucose into energy.
This is related to caffeine because most studies have found that when caffeine is eaten, blood lactate concentration increases.
As a result, people should limit the amount of caffeine they drink each day. The Mayo Clinic recommends a daily dose of up to 400mg for most adults. This is roughly similar to two “energy shot” beverages, ten cans of cola, or four cups of brewed coffee.