Pomegranate Juice Boosts Strength

Pomegranate Juice Boosts Strength If you're looking for a tasty new way to supercharge your post-workout shake, a study published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research offers a worthwhile suggestion. To test the effect that pomegranate juice had on strength and soreness after resistance training, scientists recruited 17 experienced weight lifters and had them drink the juice or a placebo after performing 6 sets of 10 reps on the knee extension machine along with 3 sets of 20 elbow flexions.

Soreness and strength for both upper and lower body muscle groups were assessed at 2, 24, 48, 72, 96, and 168 hours post-workout. Although drinking pomegranate juice didn't do much if anything for lower body recovery, it did help reduce weakness and soreness in the arms of these volunteers.

True Strength Moment: Just one cup of pomegranate juice provides 33 grams of fast-acting carbohydrates which can help replenish the glycogen burned up during an intense training session. Combine that with your favorite whey protein shake and you have a nicely balanced protein smoothie offering plenty of nutritional support for post-workout recovery. Recipes can be found at: OptimumSmoothie.com
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Jan 07, 2014
You are doing so great, Erin! Keep up the awesome work. Your stats get me mtoavited to do more you can do more reps and more weight than I can now, and it's really making me think how I can move more weight.