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When You’re Sore, Drink…

Pomegranate or Watermelon Juice

Water should always be the first drink you grab before and after hitting the gym, but some new studies shed light on two juices that just might relieve some post-workout aches and pains. Watermelon juice, one study found, helped relieve participants’ muscle soreness after a cycling routine. The reason may be watermelon’s L-citrulline, an amino acid that boosts blood flow and helps muscles recover faster after a tough workout. Another juice said to work wonders? Pomegranate juice, thanks to its high content of polyphenols and ellagitannin, an antioxidant that protects muscle fibers from damage. Others also say that caffeine before a workout can help reduce muscle aches and pains. In a study from the University of Georgia, those who took a caffeine pill (about the equivalent of two cups of coffee) helped reduce soreness in participants post-workout. They believe it’s because caffeine releases adenosine, which blocks the brain's receptors for pain. Still, coffee can be dehydrating, so don’t load up on the coffee before your grueling workout.

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