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Muscle soreness if very common and a part of working out consistently.Luckily there are some proven foods that can help your body recover faster.These foods will not make muscle soreness completely go away but help the process to ease aching muscles.

Cacao — If you are a chocolate lover, you'll be happy to know adding some cacao nibs to your post workout smoothie may help take the edge off aching muscles.Research suggests the antioxidants in cacao are useful to boost the production of nitrous oxide in your body. Nitrous oxide causes your blood vessel walls to relax and open, thereby lowering your blood pressure.

Coffee — A small study involving college-aged females found a moderate dose of caffeine, about 2 cups of coffee reduced post workout pain by 26 percent for eccentric exercise and 48 percent for exercise involving isometric contractions.

Eggs — Because protein is the essential building block of muscles, it makes sense that researchers have found adding a source of protein like eggs to your post workout eating plan may help reduce your risk of muscle soreness.

Green tea — Green tea is abundant in anti-inflammatory antioxidants making it the ideal post workout drink to prevent muscle and cell damage related to exercise. It also helps athletes stay hydrated, which is vital for training and recovery.

Manuka honey — Manuka honey has a long history of use as an anti-inflammatory agent. This prized monofloral honey originates from the nectar of the Manuka bush that is found in New Zealand. Manuka honey is thicker than regular honey and has a distinctive flavor.

Nuts and seeds — As a healthy source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation, organic nuts and seeds also provide protein for muscle synthesis and growth, electrolytes to promote hydration and zinc to boost immunity.

Wild salmon — A great source of anti-inflammatory animal based omega-3 fats, antioxidants and muscle building protein is wild Alaskan salmon. Some consider salmon to be an ideal post workout food because research on omega-3 consumption in athletes suggests it can help prevent muscle soreness and inflammation.

Spinach — Spinach has long been recognized as an antioxidant powerhouse known to fight free radical damage in your body. Not only can spinach protect you from serious illnesses like cancer and heart disease, but this healthy green can also help you rebound after strenuous exercise due to its nitrate content. Spinach also contains magnesium, which helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, among other benefits.

Sweet potatoes or yams — Because they are starchy, carb rich vegetables, eating organic sweet potatoes or yams after intense exercise is a great way to replenish your glycogen stores.


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