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Milk Relief on Exercise-induced Damage

27 August 2008

US - According to the latest research from the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, consuming milk can help muscles damaged by exercise to quickly recuperate.

Exercise-induced muscle damage leads to the degradation of protein structures within the muscle. This may subsequently lead to decrements in muscle performance and increases in intramuscular enzymes and delayed-onset muscle soreness.

Milk, which provides protein and carbohydrate, may lead to the attenuation of protein degradation and an increase in protein synthesis that would limit the consequential effects of this damage.


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"This is the first study to suggest that drinking milk following muscle-damaging exercise may decrease muscle damage."
Dr Judith Bryans, a registered nutritionist and director of The Dairy Council in the UK.

The study examined the effects of acute milk and milk-based protein supplementation on damaged muscles. Four independent groups of 6 healthy males consumed water, CHO sports drink, milk-based CHO-P or milk (M), post after heavy exercise.

DOMS, isokinetic muscle performance, creatine kinase (CK), and myoglobin (Mb) were assessed immediately before and 24 and 48 h after EIMD.

DOMS was not significantly different between groups at any time point, but peak torque was significantly higher 48 hours after the milk based drinks.

According to the researcher, Dr Judith Bryans, a registered nutritionist and director of The Dairy Council in the UK, this study supports the growing volume of literature which suggests that milk is a powerful post exercise recovery aid.

“Previous research has shown milk to be an effective rehydration solution, while this is the first study to suggest that drinking milk following muscle-damaging exercise may decrease muscle damage.”

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