A team in Greece carried out a two month study on 15 athletes.
Nine of the athletes drank tomato juice after their workout and six consumed a commercial energy drink.
The gym-goers on the tomato juice saw faster muscle recovery and their glucose levels returned to normal more quickly after strenuous exercise than their energy drink counterparts.
Furthermore harmful levels of enzymes and proteins, which contribute to muscle and brain damage returned to normal quicker in the tomato juice drinkers.
The researchers said tomato juice was so effective that people with higher levels of harmful proteins could benefit in just two months.
The study, led by researchers at the General Chemical State Laboratory of Greece, was published in journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.
The findings back up previous Swedish research which found that tomato juice helped to reduce oxidative damage after exercise.
Researchers in Stockholm asked a group of healthy volunteers to exercise at 80 per cent of their maximum heart rate for 20 minutes.
After the exercise session, they tested their blood for a compound called 8-oxodG, a chemical that’s a marker for oxidative damage.
This occurs as a result of chemical reactions in the body which release harmful oxygen-rich molecules that attack tissue and cause permanent damage - and is implicated as a cause of many illnesses
The researchers found that volunteers who sipped tomato juice after exercise for five weeks did experience so much oxidative damage.
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