If you exercise sporadically and tend to damage muscles as a result, a new oil from marine mussels could help.
The omega oil has been found to have significant positive effects on post-exercise muscle damage.
Previously the supplement with the pharmaceutical name Lyprinol or Omega XL has been used to reduce the effects of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and exercise induced asthma.
The study by kinesiology professor Timothy Mickleborough at Indiana University tested men who exercised less than three times a week for less than 30 minutes at a time.
These were more likely to have a greater muscle response than an athlete who is used to regular muscle damage.
The men were given the supplement or a placebo for 26days before a muscle damaging exercise session and for 96 hours afterwards.
The participants had to run at fairly high intensity for 20 minutes downhill on a treadmill.
Those given the Omega XL supplement showed less muscle soreness, less muscle pain, less strength loss, less fatigue and even less inflammatory proteins in their blood streams.
Overall they had less bodily stress after their workout compared to the men who were given the placebo.
For people who are looking to start exercising again, or even for those who engage in intense workouts regularly, this discovery can have a variety of positive effects on how their bodies react to muscle damage, Mickleborough said.
“It might have positive implications for triathletes if they’re doing several different types of exercises, and it could potentially help diminish soreness in multisport, recreational athletes as well,” he said.
“Essentially, for anyone who is engaging in unaccustomed exercise, it’s a nice product.”
Mickleborough’s study is featured in the Feb. 2015 issue of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.