There are countless drinks and pills on the market these days to soothe sore muscles and speed up your recovery time after a workout, but do any actually help? Here’s a rundown of four all-natural remedies that have been backed up by science.
Treatment: Cherry juice
The Info: A study suggests this antioxidant-rich beverage (that has long been associated with reduced soreness in runners) can also speed muscle recovery after strength training.
The Info: Research found that two strains of these healthy bugs, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus paracasei, decreased cell damage after a month of regular intense exercise.
Treatment: Lemon verbena
The Info: An extract made from the leaves of this shrub reduced muscle and blood cell damage in volunteers who ran for 90 minutes, but didn’t block the beneficial tissue-building effects of the workout. It’s the best of both worlds, note researchers.
Treatment: Omega-3 fatty acids
The Info: Taking a fish-oil pill once a day reduces soreness and eases inflammation 48 hours after a strength-training workout, according to a new study in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.
We recommend you seek advice from a medical professional prior to starting any new treatment.