Mussels may prevent muscle damage

March 16, 2015

Topic: orthopaedic pain

Mussels may help reduce muscle pain.

Mussels may be the next best thing in muscle recovery.

Researchers from Indiana University recently tested the effects of a supplement derived from New England mussels. The supplement, known scientifically as PCSO-524, has been used in the past to help alleviate orthopaedic pain from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Now, this oil may help athletes recover sooner after physical activity, reducing their chances of muscle damage. The findings were published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 

Investigating healing properties
The research, which was led by kinesiology professor Timothy Mickelborough, was inspired by previous studies involving the supplement. Mickelborough had conducted research that tested whether the supplement was beneficial for those with asthma and respiratory issues. After witnessing positive results, he decided to take his work further, testing the supplement for its effects on muscles. 

"The supplement helped contribute to less muscle pain and soreness and lower rates of exhaustion."

Mickelborough and his colleagues used 32 men who did not live active lifestyles. They chose these participants because they believed that the men would experience more muscle damage than athletes or people who frequently exercised. Each participant was given the supplement or a placebo for 26 days before their exercise session and for 96 hours after.

The study authors asked the men to run for 20 minutes on a treadmill that was moving downhill. The exercise was proven to be muscle damaging, and the researchers tested the effects of the damage after the exercise session as well as 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours later.

Positive findings
The results revealed that the men who had taken the oil supplement fared much better than those who took the placebo. The supplement helped contribute to less muscle pain and soreness and lower levels of exhaustion and muscle weakness. 

The study authors concluded that this supplement may be beneficial for regular people who are looking to begin exercising, or for athletes who have not exercised intensely for a while because of an injury. It could also be used for triathletes who are performing different types of exercises. 

If trying out a new exercise regimen, people can also consider post-workout exercises to improve their recovery. According to ZLiving, certain activities, such as yoga, swimming and isometrics, can help increase blood flow, which lets the muscles heal. People should also get an adequate amount of sleep and choose foods high in potassium and protein. 

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