Whether you are a weekend warrior or professional athlete there is always a time when you wish you could recover faster to get back to your regular exercise or daily life. Home red light therapy products like Joovv or Rouge are quickly becoming the ticket for many. More and more Red Light Therapy proponents are finding that the benefits of Red Light Therapy can be amplified with the addition of magnesium and CBD. Both magnesium and CBD as found in Boost and Soothe Magnesium CBD Essential Oil Body Spray combined with Red Light therapy or near and far infrared therapy can support the beneficial effects of Red Light Therapy and here is why.
What Is Red Light Therapy & How Does it Work for Recovery?
The biochemistry involved with red light is complex and many researchers like Dr. Hamblin have dedicated their entire career to researching the effects of Red Light therapy on our bodies. Red light companies like Joovv and Rouge do an excellent job of further explaining the technology in their product offerings but John Iovine, in a Medium article nicely describes how Red light therapy works with our cells, the initial point of muscle recovery.
Iovine first reminds us that the mitochondria is the “powerhouse of the cell” and the power of Red Light Therapy circles around the mitochondria. The mitochondria contain chromophores that absorb light at specific wavelengths. This absorbed light enhances the biochemical and metabolic process. Boosting the cell's production of ATP, adenine nucleotide. ATP is the fuel the cell uses for energy. Once it reaches the mitochondria, it stimulates the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), your body’s natural energy currency. Increased production and distribution of ATP throughout the body has a myriad health benefits.
Muscle cells have more mitochondria than other types of cells, since they require more energy to function. This is why they are particularly receptive to red light therapy. Increased ATP synthesis leads to optimal functioning within the muscle cell. This in turn leads to better recovery and athletic performance.
Red Light Therapy also works to reduce inflammation, which we will discuss further below. Red Light Therapy releases Nitric Oxide (NO) that reduces inflammation and dilates micro blood vessels enhancing circulation. These effects enhance a cell’s ability to do what the cell was designed to do. So whether the cell is a muscle cell, nerve, skin cell, brain cell, etc., it pumps up the cell’s metabolism.
In addition, red light therapy reduces oxidative stress, which occurs when there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body. This can lead to cell and tissue damage. Red light therapy stimulates antioxidant response within the cell, thereby reducing oxidative stress and limiting damage to muscles and other tissue.
Magnesium and Muscle Recovery and ATP
Of course, Red Light Therapy alone cannot cause your body to have these cell reactions. Your body has to have the mineral infrastructure to be able to respond to red light therapy. Namely, magnesium. We talk a lot about magnesium and its role for athletes in our video here. Athletes deplete magnesium at a much faster rate than the general public and it is estimated that the general public already has a magnesium deficiency.
A primary reason magnesium is so beneficial for athletes is magnesium’s role in energy production through its role in helping to synthesize ADP and phosphorus as to make ATP (what gives your body energy). ATP must be bonded to a Magnesium ion in order to become biologically active. What is often referred to as ATP is in most cases Mg-ATP. ATP is used in every cell of the body, everything from DNA and RNA synthesis to nerve firing. Mg is also used to help stabilize the structures of cells, DNA, and other larger proteins. As the experts over at Immortal Minerals write, if ATP production is ever halted your body will die. True death happens when Cellular energy can no longer be produced. Several studies indicate that Magnesium plays an extremely important role in making sure that doesn't happen.
So although once red light reaches the mitochondria, it stimulates the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), increasing production and distribution of ATP throughout the body which is essential to muscle repair, magnesium must be bonded to ATP in order for it to become biologically active.
As further explained by Immortal Minerals Resources, muscle fatigue is also associated with cramping which is another body function driven by ATP and Magnesium. This is because ATP is actually required to relax muscle contractions.
A muscle contraction is first stimulated by the release of a Calcium ion from a nerve cell. That Calcium ion shifts the charge of the area it is in, stimulating the sodium-potassium pump to turn on, in effect creating a muscle contraction. In order for the muscle cell to relax from contraction, the Calcium ion has to return to the nerve cell and the calcium channels must be closed.
This is exactly what Magnesium facilitates, the closure of the calcium channel. This response requires Mg-ATP to occur. So, both energy and Magnesium are present and utilized when the body and its muscles relax. Without healthy levels of Magnesium, ATP production is strained, and muscles stay tense or even cramp while in a resting state.
Without healthy levels of Magnesium, ATP production is strained, and muscles stay tense or even cramp while in a resting state.
This explains why clinical studies show positive results from both Red Light Therapy in muscle recovery and health and why a topical highly absorbable magnesium packed body spray like Soothe and Boost can penetrate deeply into tissue along with Red Light Therapy. Combining both recovery strategies ensure that your cells enjoy the beneficial replenishing and muscle restoring ingredients along with the beneficial effects of Red Light therapy.
Red Light Therapy and CBD for Inflammation
Inflammation is a typical feature associated with muscle damage or stress. You probably know inflammation when you see it: part of your body gets redder, hotter, swollen, and often painful, in response to an injury or an infection. Inflammation isn’t just a symptom though, it’s a complex (and necessary) process that takes place in every living thing. But if inflammation becomes a chronic problem, it can also be a route to disease and wider dysfunction in the body.
Some researchers think that Red Light Therapy may help (if used appropriately) to reduce the severity of the inflammation3 (by increasing levels of CO2 – which then goes on to inhibit inflammatory cytokines/prostaglandins), thus allowing more efficient repair without scarring/fibrosis. Dr. Hamblin notes in a recent extensive article titled Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation that one of the most general benefits of Red Light therapy that has recently emerged, is its pronounced anti-inflammatory effects.
While the exact cellular signaling pathways responsible for this anti-inflammatory action are not yet completely understood, it is becoming clear that both local and systemic mechanisms are operating. The local reduction of edema, and reductions in markers of oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory cytokines are well established.
We also know that Cannabidiol (CBD) is important to reduce inflammation as supported by several research studies and is a potent an anti-inflammatory agent.
Athletes have known this and used CBD in their programs successfully and as more sports competitive regulatory bodies reduce restrictions on CBD is being adopted by more and more competitive athletes. You can find out more in this video here.
As Red Light therapy penetrates into cells the application of the CBD in Boost and Soothe can support the anti-inflammatory effects of Red Light Therapy and can amplify the pro anti-inflammatory application to foster muscle repair recovery.
Studies Show Improved Muscle Recovery with Red Light Therapy
One of the key limiting factors to fitness is the need for lengthy rest times between workouts since having to rest your muscles for a day or more results in fewer workouts and slower progress. As a result much research is dedicated to recovery from athletic stress with Red Light Therapy. Some top findings include the following studies:
- Current research suggests that red light therapy can positively affect the biochemical markers used to measure muscle damage and recovery. Numerous studies in which Red Light Therapy was applied before or after exercise have shown significant decreases in blood lactate creatine kinase, and C-reactive protein levels. There is some contradiction in these studies, however, regarding whether treatment was more effective before or after exercise.
- Researchers have also observed a decrease in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in participants exposed to red light therapy.
Athlete Experiences with Red Light Therapy For Muscle Repair and Recovery
Frank Hoeffner a physical therapist at Professional Physical Therapy notes that Red Light Therapy or Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has the potential to promote tissue healing and decrease pain, which is no news to the San Francisco 49ers, and athletes like Ben Greenfield, Amelia Boone, an accomplished Obstacle Racer, and TJ Dillashaw a championship title holder in the UFC bantamweight division all athletes that have publicly acknowledged the benefits of Red Light Therapy. At 32 years, TJ participates in one of the most physically demanding sports available he also strongly advocates for the use of red light therapy, particularly for ageing athletes who are seeking to stay healthy.
Lauren Fendrick a top volleyball player also uses red light therapy. She participated at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was slated to take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She remarked that she has learned to concentrate more on her recovery following the 2016 Rio Olympics. On that note, red light therapy provides assistance in speeding up the recovery rate following a workout.
This experience is not unlike those of Rugby, tennis players, and more from professional athletes to weekend warriors. If you, like these top performing athletes, have recognized the importance of CBD or Red Light therapy then you should experiment with both to see if the science that supports each of these beneficial recovery strategies when used together can amplify your own recovery system.
The Many Benefits of Red Light Therapy
We have just touched on the benefits of magnesium, Red Light Therapy and CBD. Adding these beneficial ingredients not only improve recovery but Red Light therapy and CBD and magnesium have several other scientifically supported benefits including the following:
- Diminishing wrinkles, scars and stretch marks
- Healing acne and other skin issues
- Rebalancing essential body systems
- Enhancing performance
- Fast-tracking wound healing
- Improved Sleep
In the end, Red light therapy has "the potential to improve tissue healing and reduce pain in athletes and patients.” says Hoeffner. He goes on to mention that it is not a treatment he would recommend in isolation; rather, it should be part of a comprehensive physical therapy program. A program that can also include CBD and Magnesium Body Spray to amplify the effects of Red Light Therapy.
The bottom line: if you have discovered red light therapy why not amplify the effects with an easy to apply Boost and Soothe magnesium CBD essential oil Wellness Body Sprays pre- and post workout to foster muscle repair and recovery.
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