Heavy weightlifting, like most any sport, can cause pain and soreness. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are what most people turn to first and for many these drugs are part of a daily routine. When it comes to NSAIDs and bodybuilding/weight lifting the debate over whether they hurt muscle and strength gains is ongoing and often filled with misinformation and bro-science. So do NSAIDs negatively affect protein metabolism?
NSAIDs are taken regularly by approximately 33 million Americans and over 30 billion doses of NSAIDs are consumed annually in the United States making them the most used medications on the market. The major side effects of NSAIDs are related to their effects on the stomach and bowels and this is where much of the misinformation stems from.
Read moreAre Pain Killers Killing Your Gains? The Truth About NSAIDs and Body Building