Your cure to muscle pain and inflammation.

Everyone is going green these days: It’s good for the environment and it’s good for you. It’s also a common suggestion when it comes to what kind of tea you should drink. While we’ve all heard that we should be drinking green tea for everything from healthier teeth to rapid fat loss to better overall health, we would humbly like to suggest that you include black tea, particularly if you want to reduce aches and pains—and for a guy like you who’s working out, this can be huge.

Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey found that when you take about 1,800 milligrams of black tea extract, you’ll notice a significant decline in muscle soreness following a hard workout. Michael Adrent, PhD, author of the study, believes that while antioxidants in tea reduce inflammation after a workout, they also “blunt muscular strain while you’re training.” Simply by drinking a couple cups of black tea each day you can obtain the same benefits. And if you’re not much of a tea drinker, try adding a cup of the stuff to your pre-workout shake or your morning oats instead of water. “Adding tea to your oatmeal instead of boiled water will add flavor and give you the benefit of the vital nutrients within the brew,” says Christian Stein, a nutritionist based in Texas.