Saffron supplements can prevent muscle weakness and pain after a strenuous workout

March 31, 2015 12:13 PM

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Saffron supplements can prevent muscle weakness and pain after a strenuous workout

Daily saffron supplements were more effective at preventing muscle weakness and pain after a bout of strenuous exercise than anti-inflammatory drugs, according to a study in the March issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Unexpectedly, saffron both prevented muscle pain and increased muscle strength, the research showed.

Saffron is a popular spice produced from the flower of the Crocus sativus, also called saffron crocus. Previous studies suggested saffron contains beneficial compounds called carotenoids, which are associated with cancer and heart-disease prevention, researchers said. Two saffron carotenoids, crocin...

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