Important Supplements For Muscle Recovery

Finding it hard to spring out of bed in the morning to make it to class? If your muscles aren’t repairing, you may find yourself hitting a wall and unable to perform at your best. Being sore day after day might make you feel like you’re making progress, but your body needs extra nutrients to repair itself after tough workouts. One of the most important but often neglected parts of a workout is recovery.

Here are two of the muscle recovery supplements that your body is asking for:

Protein

Protein is the building block of the body. A healthy, varied diet, contributes to the maintenance of bones, helps build and repair tissues, and spurs on the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. So it’s a good idea to take some protein after exercise to help muscles repair and recover.

Adding some protein powder to your smoothie makes a great on-the-go snack if you’re smashing out fitness sessions. Protein is also important for those looking to build muscle mass, as it helps you feel fuller for longer and burn calories. When consumed alongside a healthy diet and exercise, it will also help you maintain weight and retain lean muscle mass.

Branch chain amino acids

You’ve probably heard of BCAAs, or branch chain amino acids. In a nutshell, if you’re doing any form of strength training, these are worth considering.

BCAAs—leucine, isoleucine, and valine—are used to enhance exercise performance, prevent fatigue, improve concentration, and reduce protein and muscle breakdown during intense exercise. BCAAs are depleted through exercise and, as levels drop, athletes experience this as fatigue. Chronic depletion of these amino acids can result in overtraining syndrome and a severely impaired immune system.

BCAAs maximize muscle recovery (win!), prevent muscle soreness, and help to build lean muscle. Nice!