Top 5 Recovery Supplements

Soreness, the enemy of every weightlifter and athlete. There’s simply no way to avoid it. Well, you could avoid soreness if you stopped working out all together, or didn’t push yourself, but all that leads to is you losing muscle and getting fat. So, clearly, that’s not an option.

 

So, what’s a hard-training athlete left to do when they want to continually push the limits of human performance, yet not feel like the got hit by a giant Mack truck each morning the roll out of bed. We’ve covered several methods for improving recovery before, but today we’re going to focus on which supplements can enhance your body’s ability to recovery and hopefully ward off the dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).

 

Without further adieu, here are the top 5 supplements to help you alleviate all of your soreness, aches and pains!

 

Citrulline Malate

No, your not mistaken, citrulline malate is a valuable ally in the war on soreness. While it’s typically thought of as a valuable performance and nitric oxide booster, Citrulline Malate can also significantly enhance an athlete’s recovery. 

Specifically, Citrulline Malate supports muscle protein synthesis and reduces soreness.[1,2] On top of that, should you happen to be dieting, citrulline can help maintain higher levels of protein synthesis, which isn’t the easiest thing to do if you’re in a caloric deficit.[3]

The key to getting the recovery benefits of Citrulline Malate is in the dosing. While 6-8g is needed for enhanced nitric oxide production, a mere 3g is all you need to see improved recovery and greater protein synthesis.[4,5]
L-Carnitine L-Tartrate

L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT) is another performance-enhancing compound typically found in pre workouts, but it’s also valuable recovery aide as well. LCLT supports recovery by reducing DOMS and enhancing the density of androgen receptors in skeletal muscle tissue.[6,7] In other words, LCLT makes your anabolic hormones, like testosterone, more efficient, which helps you get more from your training sessions.

Furthermore, LCLT has also been shown to increase lean mass (i.e. muscle).[8]

Additionally, there is some research showing that LCLT supplementation can increase lean body mass.[8]


BCAAs

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are one of the most frequently used, and popular, supplements on the market, and for good reason. BCAAs are essential to activating the mTOR pathway in the body and sparking muscle protein synthesis.[9,10] But, that’s not all BCAAs are good for!

This potent trifecta of amino acids also are incredibly effective for accelerating recovery and preventing the onset of muscle soreness.[11,12] So, not only will BCAAs enhance your body’s ability to perform and build muscle, it also helps you feel better the morning after a torturous leg day!


CherryPURE®

The benefits of consuming tart cherry juice following an intense bout of exercise has been well documented[13], but not everyone has access to freshly pressed cherry juice right after training. That’s where CherryPURE® comes in!

Developed by Shoreline Fruit, CherryPURE® is the premier tart cherry powder on the market that’s loaded with antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which help combat inflammation and oxidative stress.[14]

Furthermore, two landmark clinical trials using the tart cherry powder have found that it successfully combats muscle soreness, improves strength recovery, halts catabolism (i.e. muscle wasting), and increases performance, in both endurance and resistance-trained athletes.[15,16]


Glutamine

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, and a staple ingredient of bodybuilders for improving recovery. The valuable amino acid also supports gut health, which many think is the lynchpin for overall human health.

Even though it’s found in great amounts throughout the body, intense exercise can rapidly deplete glutamine stores, which means you could be deficient in the amino acid. Supplementing with Glutamine counters any dip in your body’s stores, and not only supports your body’s natural recovery efforts, but also staves off catabolism.[17]
 
Recover Better with Post HAK

Post HAK provides everything you need to support your body’s recovery efforts following the most intense physical activities. There’s no need to run out and purchase all of these supplements individually, HAK Nutrition has included all of the best recovery supplements in Post HAK along with proven strength and muscle builders including creatine, betaine, and beta alanine.

 

Don’t spend another day aching or dealing with debilitating soreness, grab a bottle of Post HAK and kiss DOMS goodbye forever!

 

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