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The superpowers of muscle recovery

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

Optimise your muscle recovery through nutrition


Who has never experienced this moment? Proud of having done our leg/buttock session, we wake up the next day with aches and pains! It is impossible to walk without pain for several days, even sitting down becomes an ordeal. All of us would have liked to know that drinking pomegranate juice helps muscle recovery! [1]


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Pomegranate, a super fruit for sports recovery

Recover faster from intense sessions with pomegranate


Muscle recovery is an essential part of any physical training programme, as it allows the muscles to recover and repair after intense exercise. While many athletes focus on protein and carbohydrate intake to aid muscle recovery, there is another drink that may be helpful: organic pomegranate juice.


Organic pomegranate juice contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy drink for the body. But what makes organic pomegranate juice particularly interesting for muscle recovery is the ellagic acid it contains. Ellagic acid is a natural antioxidant that has been shown to have beneficial effects on muscle recovery. [2]


Pomegranate, a muscle-builder's bomb


A study conducted by the Catholic University of Leuven (UCL) in Belgium demonstrated the impact of pomegranate on muscle recovery. Pomegranates contain polyphenols and in particular ellagic acid, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Since ellagic acid cannot be absorbed by our body, it is metabolised into urolithin (A, B, C or D) which is absorbed and enters the bloodstream. Researchers have proven that urolithin B has a protective effect on the muscles. In addition, they were able to demonstrate that the active ingredients in pomegranate are natural "anabolic", i.e. they naturally increase the growth of muscle cells and have an impact on the recovery of muscles or muscle fibres. [2]

In addition, a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that drinking pomegranate juice before and after strenuous exercise can help reduce muscle soreness and loss of muscle strength. Participants were subjected to an intense squat exercise and then given pomegranate juice or a placebo. Those who consumed pomegranate juice showed a significant reduction in muscle soreness and faster recovery of muscle strength. [1]

An American study also demonstrated the effects of pomegranate on muscle recovery. Researchers in Texas studied the impact of pomegranate juice on muscle recovery after physical exertion. Non-athletic subjects were asked to ingest 500 ml of pomegranate juice for 5 days and then perform an intense biceps exercise known to cause fatigue and muscle soreness (soreness). The researchers observed the subjects' strength fluctuation at the end of the session, as well as the following days. Under placebo, it was found that the muscle strength at the end of the session was reduced by 30%, and then returned to its usual value on the following days. In the pomegranate juice subjects, the researchers observed the same decrease in muscle strength immediately after the session, but the recovery was faster than in the placebo subjects [3]. This proves one of the many benefits of pomegranate: its impact on muscle recovery.

Pure organic Granaline pomegranate juice
Our pure organic Granaline pomegranate juice

Thus, our pure organic Granaline pomegranate juice can also be an interesting drink for sportsmen and women who want to improve their muscle recovery after intense exercise. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of ellagic acid can help reduce muscle soreness [2]. Of course, it is important to remember that pomegranate juice should not be used as an alternative to a balanced diet and a proper training programme.

Do you do a lot of sport and are you looking for an organic alternative to accompany you? Then don't wait any longer! Make our pure organic Granaline pomegranate juice your ally during your sports sessions. Granaline pure organic pomegranate juice is the ideal drink to accompany you during your sports training sessions. Our BIO Granaline pomegranate juice contains antioxidants, ellagitannins, polyphenols (190 mg/100 ml), potassium (994 mg/100ml), vitamin K (48 micrograms/100ml), vitamin B9 (111 micrograms/100 ml), vitamin B5 (1.4mg/100 ml), vitamin E (1.9 mg/100 ml) and vitamin C (9mg/100ml).


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Did you know that?


According to the World Health Organisation, all adults, whether or not they are regular sportsmen and women, should do at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week, or at least 75 to 150 minutes of high-intensity physical activity (or a combination of both) [4].


The information and advice in Granaline is not a substitute for a consultation or diagnosis with a doctor or healthcare professional, who can assess your health correctly.


Referencies:

[1] Trombokd JR, Barnes JN, Critchley L, Coyle EF. Ellagitannin consumption improves strength recovery 2-3 d after eccentric exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc.2010 Jun;42(6):493-8.

[2] https://uclouvain.be/fr/decouvrir/presse/actualites/de-l-ecorce-de-grenade-pour-contrer-la-fonte-musculaire.html [3] Deldicque, Louise ; Francaux, Marc. Le temps des grenades. Dans : Sport et Vie, Vol. 148, p. 28-31 (2015)

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