Vitamin “I”: Yay Or Nay?

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Many ultra runners swear by Vitamin “I” (ibuprofen, found in those tasty little MyIbuprofen: reduces running pain? prodol or Brufen capsules).

An anti-inflammatory, many runners believe that ibuprofen does away with muscle soreness – but it actually does more harm than good.

A study tracked ibuprofen use at the 160km “Western States 100″ in the USA. The pills failed to reduce muscle pain or soreness, and blood tests revealed that ibuprofen takers actually had greater levels of inflammation than those who abstained from the drug.

Bottom line: there is absolutely no reason for runners to be using ibuprofen (darn!).

What are your pain-reducing remedies? Ice bath? Long stretch? Deep heat?

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2 Responses to Vitamin “I”: Yay Or Nay?

  1. Suzarne January 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    After a long run, I do my normal stretching, and then have a warm bath with 500g of Epsom Salts in it, I relax for 10 minutes in the water and then take a cold shower. The epsom salts remove all the lactic acid and toxins from your muscles. It really works.

  2. Grant February 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    I used Myprodol this past weekend for my second marathon. I had the best run ever and i recovered in 24 hrs i even knocked off 30 mins from my first marathon

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