Reducing Muscle Soreness with Berries


How about improving athletic performance more directly? See my video series on performance-enhancing vegetables, described in my blog post, Using Greens to Improve Athletic Performance.

What about reducing the immediate burning sensation during strenuous exercise? See Reducing Muscle Fatigue with Citrus.

Mushrooms (see Boosting Immunity while Reducing Inflammation), nuts (see Fighting Inflammation in a Nut Shell), and purple potatoes (see Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Purple Potatoes) may also reduce inflammation (along with plant foods in general; see Anti-Inflammatory Antioxidants and Aspirin Levels in Plant Foods). In fact, so well that plant-based diets can be used to treat inflammatory conditions. See, for example, Dietary Treatment of Crohn’s Disease, Diet & Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Potassium & Autoimmune Disease. Animal products, on the other hand, may increase inflammation through a variety of mechanisms, including endotoxins (see How Does Meat Cause Inflammation?), arachidonic acid (see Chicken, Eggs, & Inflammation), and Neu5Gc (see The Inflammatory Meat Molecule Neu5Gc).

For further context, check out my associated blog posts: Citrus to Reduce Muscle Fatigue and Berries to Prevent Muscle Soreness.

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Michael Greger, M.D.

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