Reduce Muscle Damage
Whatever level of sports we compete, train or exercise at, we all want to feel good enough the next day to do it again. One key to achieving this is to minimise damage to muscle cells that can occur during exercise. Oxidative stress is one on the main causes of exercise-induced muscle damage.
Studies have found that blackcurrant extract and blackcurrant juice can decrease the amount of oxidative damage in exercising subjects by 33% (1), and after exercising levels of creatine kinase, a marker of muscle damage, were 29% lower after 24 hours(1) and 7% lower after 48 hours(2) when the subjects consumed blackcurrant.
1. Short-term blackcurrant extract consumption modulates exercise-induced oxidative stress and lipopolysaccharide-stimulated inflammatory responses. Lyall KA, Hurst SM, Cooney J, Jensen D, Lo K, Hurst RD, Stevenson LM. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol (2009) 297: 70-81.
2. Black Currant Nectar Reduces Muscle Damage and Inflammation Following a Bout of High-Intensity Eccentric Contractions. Hutchison AT, Flieller EB, Dillon KJ, Leverett BD. J Diet Suppl (2016) 13:1-15.