Can Pomegranate Juice Eliminate Post Workout Muscle Soreness?
Pomegranate Juice and Muscle Soreness
Researchers from the Human Performance Lab at the University of Texas at Austin have found that men who supplemented with pomegranate juice experienced…
- increased elbow flexion strength, and
- decreased elbow flexor muscle soreness
… after performing a series of eccentric strength exercises.
Unfortunately, while the pomegranate juice worked wonders on the upper body, the same can’t be said for the lower body.
During the study, the researchers also exposed the test subjects to eccentric strength exercises targeting the knee extensors. And unlike the biceps (elbow flexors), the pomegranate juice had little effect on the muscle strength or soreness of the quadriceps (knee extensors)
And why is that?
Ellagitannin and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
It’s unknown at this time, but the U of Texas researchers are continuing to study how ellagitannin rich pomegranate juice may be used as a treatment for delayed onset muscle soreness.
In previous (and ongoing) studies, researchers have investigated ellagitannin as an effective treatment for the pain of pregnancy, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dental conditions, erectile dysfunction, bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance, ultraviolet radiation-induced skin damage, infant brain ischemia, male infertility, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and obesity.
[box type="note"]The science behind ellagitannin rich pomegranate juice is pretty sketchy at this point…but then again…it wouldn’t hurt to splash a little Pom Juice into your morning smoothie.[/box]