Antioxidants May Be Counterproductive To Endurance In Workouts

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Why Is It That Antioxidant Vitamins Can Hinder The Progress Of Endurance Athletes?

As useful as antioxidants may be for those who resort to weight training and cardiovascular training, the truth is that recent experiments targeting endurance athletes have revealed quite the opposite. In other words, athletes who consumed high amounts of Vitamin E and C have experienced a smaller training response, given the fact that the antioxidants had lower levels of enzymes that stimulate the production of what is known as cellular energy, which is of vital importance for endurance athletes.

It is precisely this cellular energy, which is created by the mitochondria at a cell level, that allows people to exercise more intensely and for extended periods of time. Nonetheless, it is important to mention once again that these studies and results are specifically aimed at endurance athletes, such as runners or cyclists, not at those who do weight training. These are two radically different processes that trigger different biochemical reactions within the body, this is why it is important not to mistake one for the other.

The study was published on the Internet in the reputable Journal of Physiology, and it is based on in-depth research provided by several different institutions, one of the most notable ones being the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences based on Oslo, Norway. The research is based on 32 men and women who have a certain fitness level and who have at least some bsic experience with weight training. After their muscular size and average strength were both measured, these people were divided into two groups and half of them were asked to take antioxidant vitamins on a daily basis, prior and after the exercise routine (1,000 milligrams of Vitamin C and 235 milligrams of Vitamin E), while the other group was asked to stick to their natural training schedule, without taking any supplements or vitamins whatsoever.