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Mussel Extract May Reduce Exercise-Related Muscle Fatigue and Soreness

Pain from exercising keeps some people from sticking to a daily regimen. A recent study suggests that an extract from New Zealand green lipped mussels may help lower muscle soreness, fatigue, and markers of muscle damage following exercise.

Participants in the study included 32 untrained men who were given either 1200 mg of a supplement derived from the mussels containing marine oil lipid and LC PUFA blend or a placebo daily for four weeks. At the end of that four-week supplement period, the participants ran downhill in order to induce muscle damage.

The researchers found that the TNF-alpha marker of inflammation went up 156% in the placebo group after the downhill run.  It only went up by 93% in the supplement group. They also found that DOMS - delayed onset muscle soreness - was much lower three and four days after the exercise in the supplement group when compared with the placebo.

Researchers from the University of Indiana-Bloomington conducted the study. It was published on February 19, 2015, in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Green lipped muscles are high in omega-3s an have previously been linked with lower rates of exercise induced asthma. Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including alleviating arthritis pain, better moods, improved joint mobility, helping with age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.

Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in DHA and EPA omega-3s, while ALA omega-3 fatty-acids are plant derived and can be found in flaxseed oil, vegetable oil, and walnuts.

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