There is a growing tendency among the youth to drink protein shakes to help the muscles after a hard workout. But, a study has found that it may not help your
muscles recover much after a grueling workout.
The study from the United Kingdom’s University of Lincoln pointed out that protein shakes were not effective at rebuilding muscle and boosting recovery than high-carbohydrate drinks, like sports drinks.
The researchers also said neither protein-based shakes nor milk-based shakes enhanced muscle recovery or eased soreness. The study was done in 30 males between the ages of 20 and 30. At the start of the study, all participants rated their muscle soreness between 19 and 26, or quite low. Then, they reassessed those measurements 24 and 48 hours after the weight-lifting session.
All participants rated their soreness above 90, which is quite high.
“While proteins and carbohydrates are essential for the effective repair of muscle fibers following intensive strength training, our research suggests that varying the form of protein immediately following training does not strongly influence the recovery response or reduce muscle pain,” lead author Thomas Gee, PhD, program leader of strength and conditioning in sport at the University of Lincoln, said in a statement.