Ok, so it would appear that NSAIDS may prevent muscle gains by blocking COX1 and COX2, both of which are responsible for protein metabolism ( see http://www.T-Nation.com/training/do-pain-pills-impair-muscle-growth, and http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/the_shocking_truth_about_inflammation ). Recently, I have discovered Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate, which has sufficient natural melatonin to induce sustained sleep (believe me, it works).
However, several articles I have read suggest that Montmorency tart cherries also reduce inflammation through the same mechanism as NSAIDS (COX1 & COX2 inhibition). See chiroinnovations.com/ibuprofen_or_tart_cherries.htm as an example. It is apparently more selective than NSAIDS (i.e. it will act in the area causing pain, and thus, not have the side effects associated with NSAIDS). HOwever, since the anti-inflammatory process is the same, should we conclude that Tart cherry juice will prevent muscle gains? Please note: I am a natural trainee, so muscle gains do not come easy.
Thanks in advance for your responses!