Gym-goers warned to avoid taking ibuprofen after study finds it can STOP muscle growth

 Gym-goers should avoid ibuprofen if they want to grow muscle, new research suggests

Gym-goers should avoid ibuprofen if they want to grow muscle, new research suggests

A study by Swedish researchers, which tested a group of participants aged 18 to 35, found that the cheap painkiller stopped them from getting any bigger.

Dr Tommy Lundberg, who conducted the research at the Karolinska Institutet, said: “Our results suggest young people who do weight training to increase their muscle mass should avoid regular high doses of anti-inflammatory drugs.

“The results are extremely interesting since the use of anti-inflammatory drugs is so globally widespread, not least amongst elite athletes.”

His study, which was published in the Acta Physiologica, randomly assigned participants into two groups.

One was given a high dose of ibuprofen and the rest a lower dose of aspirin every day for eight weeks.

In the same period, the participants engaged in supervised weight-training exercises for their thigh muscles, two to three times a week

Researchers then measured muscle growth, strength and anti-inflammatory markers.

After the eight week period, scientists discovered the increase in muscle volume was twice as large in the low-dose aspirin group.

They also found that muscle strength was impaired by high doses of ibuprofen but not to the same extent as growth.

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