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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bosch PhD RDN LDN

4 Foods That Combat Muscle Soreness

Updated: Jan 4, 2020

Pineapple: One cup of pineapple contains 131% of your daily vitamin C needs and is an excellent source of vitamin B6 and zinc. Pineapples also contain the enzyme bromelain, which really makes them stand out as a anti-inflammatory food! Including pineapple in your regular nutrition plan not only helps combat inflammation, but it can also help heal injuries, aid in muscle tissue growth and repair, and boost your immune system.

Brazil Nuts: These giant nuts contain a variety of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals and are associated with decreasing inflammation. In particular, Brazil nuts are high in the essential trace mineral, selenium. Selenium is known for its antioxidant properties that fight free radicals, helping to decrease inflammation associated with strenuous workouts. You can meet your selenium requirements with just one to two Brazil nuts a day.

Tart Cherries and Juice: Many athletes are replacing their traditional sports drinks with tart cherry juice, and for good reason. Not only does tart cherry juice provide essential vitamins and minerals to enhance performance and speed up recovery, but it is also an excellent source of anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is the antioxidant found to fight inflammation and reduce muscle pain and soreness. While tart cherry juice is a little more sour than black cherry juice, the anti-inflammatory properties you reap are worth it!

Turmeric: In the world of sports nutrition and anti-inflammatory foods, turmeric may be one of the most talked about spices on the market. Curcumin in the turmeric root is not only responsible for its golden color, but also helps block inflammation.

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