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Why Antioxidants Don’t Belong in Your Workout

Antioxidant vitamins are enormously popular with people who exercise. The supplements are thought to alleviate muscle damage and amplify the effects of exercise. But recent studies have raised questions about whether antioxidants might be counterproductive for runners and other endurance athletes.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

This might be true of Vitamin C and Vitamin E but probably not true for polyphenols.  Unlike vitamins, polyphenols can activate the gene transcription factors that cause an increase in anti-oxidant enzymes in addition to acting as anti-inflammatory agents.

 

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