- Sep 15, 2006
Ive been reading a lot about this and there seems to be 2 camps. What do you guys think of it. Do they or do they not hinder your gains
1: J Nutr Biochem. 2007 Jun;18(6):357-71. Epub 2006 Dec 6. Links
The influence of antioxidant supplementation on markers of inflammation and the relationship to oxidative stress after exercise.
Interest in the relationship between inflammation and oxidative stress has increased dramatically in recent years, not only within the clinical setting but also in the fields of exercise biochemistry and immunology. Inflammation and oxidative stress share a common role in the etiology of a variety of chronic diseases. During exercise, inflammation and oxidative stress are linked via muscle metabolism and muscle damage. Because oxidative stress and inflammation have traditionally been associated with fatigue and impaired recovery from exercise, research has focused on nutritional strategies aimed at reducing these effects. In this review, we have evaluated the findings of studies involving antioxidant supplementation on alterations in markers of inflammation (e.g., cytokines, C-reactive protein and cortisol). This review focuses predominantly on the role of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species generated from muscle metabolism and muscle damage during exercise and on the modulatory effects of antioxidant supplements. Furthermore, we have analyzed the influence of factors such as the dose, timing, supplementation period and bioavailability of antioxidant nutrients
^^ I posted a study on antioxidants and "free radicals" a while back. Basic gist was that your body actually needs the "free radicals" in order to recover from stressors. The body doesn't actually react otherwise and this is detrimental to a lot of health aspects. Compliments IS' post nicely but at the same time we shouldn't get carried away with antioxidants like the health food and supplements companies promote.
Thanks for summing it up. It makes sense because if all the free radicals are gone then whats going to trigger your body to heal up?
Well, I'd certainly think that throughout the day, it would be of immense benefit to include antioxidant rich foods/supplements. But not after a workout.
Ya, definitely but its like anything. Too much of it is a bad thing and I can see how your body needs it just like everything else. I have always been told how "HORRIBLE" free radicals are but its just part of the system. Its got me curious, going to have to start reading up on it.