Whether you’re a fitness buff or just the occasional gym-goer you know that muscle recovery is really important. It’s common knowledge that cooling down and stretching properly is essential in aiding muscle recovery, but what you put in your body after a workout is also vital in aiding regeneration. It’s widely accepted that it takes 48 hours to recover enough to resume working out, and even 2 weeks for some muscles to recover fully. It can be helpful to take regular natural supplements to keep your body in good condition and ensure maximum gains, no matter what exercise you do.
First up we have l. carnitine. This supplement is a naturally occurring amino acid in humans and other animals, and is found in red meat. Great for short and long-term muscle recovery, it also enhances performance. L. carnitine also has loads of bonus side effects including improved metabolism, quicker cognition and better brain function, improved muscle and bone mass and a stronger immune system. Another added bonus is that combined with lovely omega 3s, l. carnitine massively speeds up metabolism meaning you’ll lose fat and can help gain muscle mass faster.
Polyphenols are found in all sorts of fruits and herbs such as blueberries, pomegranate and peppermint. Polyphenols are so beneficial for muscle recovery because of their anti-inflammatory properties, and they’re also great for the cardiovascular system. Anti-inflammatory properties can help prevent that nasty muscle soreness that comes the day after an intense workout. By keeping the cardiovascular system healthy, polyphenols aid muscle recovery by ensuring that your body gets all the nutrients and oxygen required to speed up the process.
Obviously, omega 3s were going to make the cut. But they really work! Omega 3s have powerful anti-inflammatory properties so will reduce general muscle soreness after a workout. They’re also great healers and any strains, sprains or tears you incur in your workout will heal much faster if you take regular omega 3 supplements such as Lion Heart. Omega 3s also increase natural protein synthesis so you’ll notice muscle gains much faster. Not only do these precious fats increase muscle recovery, they also prevent muscle and joint degradation; injuries that would leave you out of the gym for a much longer period of time.
Try a few out for yourself and see what differences you notice. We’d also love to hear from you if you have any top tips you’d like to share with our readers.