Truth About Vitamin I

FOR MANY CYCLISTS, IBUPROFEN IS THEIR GO-TO ANTI-INFLAMMATORY.

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FOR MANY CYCLISTS, IBUPROFEN IS THEIR GO-TO ANTI-INFLAMMATORY.

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Some cyclists (and many other recreational athletes) take so much ibuprofen before and after—and maybe during—hard efforts that it’s become jokingly known as “vitamin I.” The idea, of course, is to head off inflammation and the soreness that comes with it before it happens. But before you pop another Advil, research now shows that using ibuprofen in this way may hurt your performance,recovery, and even your long-term health.

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In one study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, researchers found that when distance runners took 600 milligrams of ibuprofen before an event, they actually ended up with more tissue-damaging oxidative stress afterward than those…

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