i've been reading conflicting reports about if it'd actually healthy to take foods or supplements that reduce inflammation in the 4 hour window after exercise, due to it blunting the benefits of said exercise. some say that taking even 1g of vitamin c post exercise will blunt the benefits (because as we know, SOME inflammation is good and necessary) and that we should wait 4 hours before taking anything of the sort, including herbs such as curcumin or boswellia, or ointments such as traumeel.
i'm trying to get to a high-frequency-training point (such as ido portal practices, and other gymnasts, body artists) and i have crohn's, so inflammation is my shadow, and i do a lot to keep it down. but i dont want to hurt my training by mawing down on anti-inflammatory substances around my training window if that is the case.
asked bydsohei (1791)
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on August 29, 2012
at 06:07 PM
Inflammation is good during exercise, there is limited benefit to it post exercise.
This is why elite athletes will take a cold shower, then jump into an ice bath immediately after the workout.
Inflammation is effect of breaking muscle fibers. Lowered inflammation is necessary to start to repair those fibers.
Non-prescription strength drugs have limited benefit to reducing the kind of inflammation that occurs with serious training. They are better at reducing long term, chronic, low-level inflammation. I am not a botany expert, but I doubt those herbs or the vitamin C would provide benefit either (isn't in Vitamin B that has anti-inflammatory properties?)
If you are going to try to do two-a-days then I would recommend cold showers and icing.
on August 29, 2012
at 10:57 PM
Did you see this posted yesterday or is the timing of your question just coincidence? Here's a pretty good look at both sides, and it seems like the answer is we don't know