Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "
EGCG speeds up muscle recovery after period of inactivity
Bodybuilders and other strength athletes who start training again after a period of inactivity may regain their lost muscle mass and strength faster by using EGCG. An American animal study published in 2014 in Experimental Gerontology suggests this. But EGCG probably does not help retain muscle mass during inactivity.
The researchers gave one group of rats EGCG [EGCG-HLS] for four weeks, and another group a placebo [VHLS]. For the first two weeks the rats' hind leg was immobilised with a splint, as a result of which the muscles in that leg withered. For the last two weeks of the experiment the researchers removed the splint so that the muscles could recover.
The human equivalent of the dose that the researchers used was 500-800 mg Teavigo per day.
Rats in the control group did not have their hind leg immobilised. Those rats were not given EGCG either [VC]. Another control group did not have their leg immobilised but were given EGCG [EGCG-C].
When the rats in the experimental group were allowed to use their hind leg again [Recovery] the muscle mass recovered. EGCG supplementation speeded up the recovery of the plantaris.
The figure below shows the amount of strength the animals were capable of developing in their leg muscles. Muscle strength reacted in the same way as muscle mass to supplementation.
We wonder whether muscles would recover even faster from a period of inactivity if you combined EGCG with curcumin? Or with leucine?