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Resveratrol May Help Reduce Muscle Damage

Plyometric training increases muscle strength, which allows you to run faster, jump higher, and change direction quickly. Examples of plyometric exercises include skipping, bounding, jumping rope, hopping, lunges, and jump squats. A recent study has found that supplementation with resveratrol may help reduce muscle damage following performance of plyometric exercises.

Thirty-six untrained males with an average age of 21 participated in the study. They received 1,000 mg of resveratrol, 500 mg of resveratrol, or a placebo daily for 10 days. Participants performed a vertical jump height test at baseline and after 7 days of supplementation. The researchers evaluated muscle soreness, exercise performance, and muscle damage biomarkers at baseline, and 2, 24, 48, and 72 hours after performing the vertical jump height test.

Participants in the resveratrol groups saw significantly less muscle pain and muscle damage 72 hours after the test compared to the placebo group. They also saw a better recovery of relative peak power, relative mean power, and fatigue index compared to the placebo group.

In addition, participants in the resveratrol groups saw significantly decreased levels of muscle damage biomarkers 24 and 48 hours after the vertical jump height test compared to the placebo group.

The study was conducted by researchers from National Taiwan Sport University. It was published online ahead of print on September 16, 2021 in the journal Nutrients.

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