Still another natural supplement that may aid in healing muscle damage after intense exercise is a substance called cracked pine pollen. Investigators from Korea and New York examined the effects of cracked pine pollen supplements in 11 men, who were divided into groups that were given either a placebo or cracked pine pollen. After engaging in intense exercise that resulted in extensive muscular damage, the subjects in the pine pollen group took 20 grams of the stuff for four days.
Those taking cracked pine pollen had lower cortisol levels and decreased levels of creatine kinase, an enzyme associated with muscular damage, along with elevated levels of insulin and triglycerides’a scenario that indicates decreased muscle damage with pine pollen use. IM