Swiss Natural back in April and asked to test a product that claimed to increase recovery time and reduce inflammation, I was eager to give it a try.So, when I was contacted by
Clinically proven to significantly improve pain and stiffness associated with everyday activities in individuals suffering from osteoarthritis. Proven to provide significant improvement in joint symptoms in as little as 2 weeks. It has provided a significant reduction in pain and stiffness in 9 or 10 patients. How it works: Microlactin contains Milk Proteins It effectively supports the body's natural anti-inflammatory system It is free from artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, sweeteners, corn, soy, gluten, wheat and yeast.
I received a bottle (120 capsules) and started taking them 2 weeks before the Oliver Half Ironman. I have no problem swallowing pills, but I did find taking 4 capsules 2x per day a bit much.
I don't suffer from osteoarthritis but it claimed to reduce inflammation which aids in recovery after strenuous exercise.
During the 2 weeks I noticed a decrease in my recovery time between my cycling and running workouts. I was feeling great going into the event, but the real test was how I would feel after the Half Ironman. Although my muscles were stiff right after the event, I was surprised how good I felt. Even the next day when I had to drive home from Oliver (4 hour drive) my muscles felt almost completely recovered. Within 2 days after the event I was running and cycling as if I had not done the race a few days prior.
Now, I could attribute this to better race prep and training but I am not convinced. Going into Oliver I was confident about my swim and bike but not about my running. Given the stress that running puts on your body and the ease of recovery, I have to think the Microlactin had a positive effect.