An article in Nutritional Outlook Sports Nutrition and the Road to Recovery, discusses how muscle recovery plays a key role in personal wellness and allowing individuals to perform their best.

No matter what your level of activity is, athlete or casual adventurer, we all want to perform our best with the task at hand.

“Everyone, from professional athletes to everyday exercisers or weekend warriors, experiences the discomfort connected to muscle soreness,” says Shawn Baier, MS, MBA, vice president of business development at TSI Group (Missoula, MT). “The level of muscle soreness will of course be different throughout these groups, but the consumer’s need and want to minimize or eliminate it completely will be there regardless of their activity levels,” he adds.


The Role of DOMS

Delayed-onset muscle soreness or DOMS occurs when there is microscopic damage to the muscle fibers and connective tissues, which triggers an inflammatory response.

DOMS typically develops 24 to 48 hours after intense or unfamiliar exercise like hiking or taking a new fitness class and can last for several days. DOMS is characterized by pain, stiffness, tenderness, and weakness in the affected muscles.

Baier says that “professional athletes and everyday gym-goers want to mitigate DOMS to be able to perform well the next day, without experiencing any discomfort.”

But how can we help mitigate DOMS?


The Solution – Innovative Ingredients

Two ingredients come to the forefront to address the issue of muscle soreness:  myHMB and OptiMSM.


MyHMB is the branded form of beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate (HMB).  HMB has been around for decades and is one of the most studied nutritional ingredients available.  What makes this ingredient unique is that it not only increases muscle protein synthesis, but also reduces muscle protein breakdown.  This helps to alleviate muscle damage and soreness allowing consumers to recover faster and get back to their normal activities.


OptiMSM is the branded form of the ingredient methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).  Tim Hammond, vice president of sales and marketing at Balchemreveals that “MSM enhances recovery by accelerating muscle repair and mitigating pain, muscle damage, and soreness following intense training.”


To read the full article in Nutritional Outlook, please click here.

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