Antioxidants Don’t Ease Muscle Soreness After Exercise

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Antioxidants Don’t Ease Muscle Soreness After Exercise
“Muscle soreness is something you get from unaccustomed or high-intensity exercise,
and there are some ways to reduce it — hot baths, cold baths, massage,” said the lead author, Mayur K. Ranchordas, a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in England.
The pooled data, in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, showed some small advantage for using antioxidants, but none
that would add up to a meaningful difference from taking a placebo at any time after exercise.
The type of antioxidant studied varied — cherry juice, pomegranate juice, vitamins C and E, black tea extract and others in various doses.
None of the trials measured recovery time — that is, the time it took to being able to exercise again without soreness.
Two trials found antioxidants caused mild gastrointestinal problems in a small number of participants.
Researchers pooled data from 50 randomized placebo-controlled trials involving 1,089 participants.

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