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Could Saffron Be the Next Big Weightlifting Supplement?

New study indicates taking saffron could boost muscular strength and reduce soreness.

Could Saffron Be The Next Big Thing?

Are your muscles voicing their opinion about that workout you did yesterday? Well if they are, then consider taking a saffron supp. The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine just released a study stating that saffron could be taken to prevent muscle pain and increase muscular strength.

Say Adios to Being Sore

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Saffron gets its bright orange-red color from carotenoid, an antioxidant that is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. In this study, 12 men took 300 milligrams of powdered saffron a week before and three days after a strenuous training session. The other 12 men took an NSAID within the same time frame. They all completed the leg press at 20 reps with a load equal to 80 percent of their max muscle capacity.

The result: the saffron group was pain-free, for three days post-workout. Interestingly enough, the saffron group also had a 64 percent increase in muscular strength. 

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