Bromelain Reduces Muscle Damage and Increases Recovery in Competitive Cyclists

Bromelain is a mixture of proteases obtained from pineapples and has been demonstrated to reduce exercise-induced muscle damage and inflammation, enhancing recovery. Fifteen highly trained cyclists were supplemented with either bromelain 1000 mg/ day or a placebo across six days of competitive racing in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Consecutive days of competitive cycling were associated with increased markers of muscle damage and a reduction in circulating testosterone across the race period. Bromelain supplementation reduced subjective feelings of fatigue and was associated with a trend to maintain testosterone concentration. 

Acute protease supplementation effects on muscle damage and recovery across consecutive days of cycle racing.” Eur J Sport Sci. 2016 Mar;16(2):206-12. 51313 Dr. Cecilia M. Shing  Sport Performance Optimisation Research Team, School of Human Life Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia.   

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