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Can Paleo or low carb eating help reduce muscle pain?

Answered on January 13, 2014
Created January 11, 2014 at 12:10 AM

I've always wondered about whether a Paleo Diet can help reduce pain. That's my experience and anecdotal, that of several friends, particularly when it comes to muscle soreness after exercise. I find that since I've gone Paleo, I don't get as sore and I recover faster after a workout. Then I came across this very interesting article on Getting Stronger that produces some science to back up the idea.

http://gettingstronger.org/2013/12/banish-back-pain-and-sore-muscles/

Anyone else have this experience? And what do you think about the article?

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on January 13, 2014
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Jonathan, I think that diet is key in reducing pain. The key actor is arachidonic acid (AA), which initiates the entire pain cascade. Low insulin levels inhibit AA and shut down pain. Low carb Paleo diets are helpful in that regard. Glad to hear that this type of eating has benefitted you in regards to pain.

Beyond diet, the other key factor in minimizing muscle and back pain is targeted exercise to strengthen muscles (e.g. in the lumbar region) and resist atrophy. Weak or atrophied muscles often underlie muscle pain. The work of James Steele is really illuminating in that regard.

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