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Resveratrol sped recovery after intense exercise

Less muscle damage, inflammation, and soreness

Physical training coaches use jumping exercises at maximum muscle force to increase power. But untrained athletes may fail to adapt, become overloaded, and sustain muscle damage. In this study, doctors gave 36 untrained men a jumping test designed to cause muscle damage before taking a placebo, 500 mg, or 1,000 mg of resveratrol per day, for seven days before being tested again.

After seven days, both resveratrol groups performed as well on the second jumping test as they had on the first, while the placebo group deteriorated significantly. Those taking resveratrol recovered peak and average power faster, had lower fatigue levels, and less muscle soreness. These performance and recovery benefits were more significant in the high-dose resveratrol group.

Those taking resveratrol also had fewer signs of muscle damage, with lower levels of the inflammatory factors creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase. Doctors concluded resveratrol effectively controlled muscle damage and preserved performance after high-repetition eccentric exercises.

Reference: Nutrients; 2021, Vol. 13, No. 9, 3217

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