3 Drinks That Reduce Muscle Pain After A Workout

by Yuen Yi Ying
FITNESS  |  July 14, 2017
  • Tart Cherry Juice
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    It might be a good idea to grab a carton or two of this mellow, sweet drink from your supermarket. Ruby-hued cherries are a mine full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, and sipping on its juice could improve muscle weakness, soreness and tightness after a workout, shares a US-based study. In a trial consisting of 54 runners, one group was given 355ml (about 1.5 cups) of tart cherry juice daily for a week before and the day of a strenuous relay that included steep ascends and descends on hilly terrain. The other group had a placebo drink. Those who had the cherry drink reported significantly less pain post-race and faster recovery, which is unsurprising considering the fruit has had promising results in alleviating symptoms from arthritis and fatigue- and pain-inducing fibromyalgia.

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  • Watermelon Juice
    2 / 3 Watermelon Juice

    Much maligned as a sugary, low-nutrition beverage, watermelon juice is actually a great hydrator filled with lots of anti-ageing, cancer-fighting compounds such as lycopene and vitamins A, B and C. It also contains an amino acid known as L-citrulline, which athletes claim help with muscle pain and exercise performance. Good news considering there’s little more refreshing after a sweat sesh than an icy, tall glass of this yummy drink.

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  • Caffeinated Drinks
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    Sport fiends already know the benefits of caffeine for endurance and alertness, but turns out it can help you manage muscle strain too. According to a study by the University of Georgia in the US, caffeine’s ability to block pain triggers could reduce the post-exercise burn by a whopping 50 per cent, making workouts a lot more enjoyable. Before you happily down your umpteenth cup of joe, know that the amount of caffeine found in just two cups of coffee is all you need. Also, if you’re not used to caffeine, you might want to start with a lesser amount since it may cause heart palpitations, sleepless nights and jitteriness.

    (Also read: Why You Should Avoid Drinking Coffee First Thing in The Morning)

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