Coffee might ease muscle pain

April 8, 2009 1:16:06 PM PDT
If you want to cut down on muscle soreness after a hard workout, you might want to reach for a cup of coffee. A new study found young men who performed an intense bout of cycling had less muscle soreness when they took a pre workout dose of caffeine.

The theory is that caffeine may limit muscle pain by blocking the activity of a chemical called adenosine. It's released as part of the inflammatory response to injury and can activate pain receptors in body cells.

Scientists reporting in the Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism suggest that caffeine could be a safe way for exercisers to preempt muscle soreness.