Aug 10, 2008

- The 3 Cs (3 Feel-Better Postworkout Foods)

What's the best snack to grab after a major workout? How about a bowl of whole-grain cereal, a bite of Indian takeout, or a big nonfat latte.
Each option has a special ingredient that may help your body recover better and nip post-workout pains.

The 3 Cs
What, exactly, do these snacks have that others might not?
The three Cs: carbs, curcumin, and caffeine. A carb-rich snack like cereal can help you overcome fatigue by restoring glycogen -- that stuff your muscles use for energy. Curcumin, a substance found in the Indian spice turmeric, may help quell muscle inflammation. And caffeine from coffee may help block muscle-pain-producing substances.

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