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Building skeletal muscle is important to sports nutrition consumers looking for some combination of a leaner, stronger physique and improved athletic performance. Exercise taxes and damages muscle, but the body repairs and builds new muscle during recovery from exercise. Several dietary ingredients can support various aspects of muscle recovery, thereby promoting muscle growth. Protein and amino acids are required, often along with carbohydrates, to increase muscle protein synthesis (MPS). Several natural ingredients can help the body better utilize protein, while a roster of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, including botanicals, can protect against muscle damage and associated pain and soreness.

Check out the full article, Sports Nutrition: Muscle Recovery and Building.