Antioxidant Power Output Boost

Antioxidant Power Output Boost Oxidative stress can contribute to cellular damage. Fortunately, antioxidants can help reduce the impact. Because intense exercise can result in the release of free radicals associated with oxidative stress, a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition examines the effect of antioxidant support on a high-volume session of squats.

Researchers had 15 experienced weight lifters supplement with antioxidants 4 hours before performing 6 sets of squats for 10 reps using a resistance equivalent to 70% of each subject's one rep max. Compared to a similar workout where subjects received a placebo, accumulated power between the first and last set was maintained more effectively with antioxidant support.

True Strength Moment: Although the mechanisms aren't exactly clear, future studies should look into how antioxidant support helps decrease the amount of mean power gradually lost between sets of heavy lifts. Until then, be sure to eat your fruits and vegetables.
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