Antioxidante Free Radicals And Sports Nutrition

Antioxidante Free Radicals And Sports Nutrition



As you know, I am a​ physician. It's part of​ my profession to​ keep abreast of​ what's happening in​ medical /health research. Being retired helps, because doctors simply do not generally have the​ "extra time" to​ devote to​ the​ scientific literature.

But I do. and​ I love it. I am one of​ those individuals who really enjoys …brace yourself…chemistry. When I'm done here, you should be excited too, especially if​ you are interested in​ sports nutrition and​ antioxidants, though not necessarily in​ that order.

Sports nutrition is​ a​ vast industry with emphasis on optimizing PERFORMANCE. Off hand, I can think of​ quite a​ few categories involving sports nutrition:

" sports nutrition and​ supplements for​ athletes,
" sports nutrition and​ athletic performance,
" sports nutrition and​ body building,
" sports nutrition and​ endurance training,
" sports nutrition and​ special diets in​ a​ variety of​ sports,
" sports nutrition and​ strength training,
" sports nutrition for​ running, jogging, walking, skiing, swimming
" There's even Rocky Mountain sports nutrition
" …the list is​ endless.



So far, no surprises, huh? Well, here's one for​ you. Did you know that when you exercise intensively you INCREASE the​ free radical burden in​ your body? if​ you're a​ serious sports enthusiast, you should know that.

But…the real news is​ what science is​ now finding out about that free radical burden of​ yours. You should pay close attention here.

Suddenly, chemistry gets real personal.

Everyone of​ us has, what may be called, our antioxidant protective capacity. That means our bodies normally utilize antioxidants to​ protect us against the​ harmful impact of​ free radicals.

First of​ all, what are antioxidants? They are molecular substances which offset free radical damage to​ the​ body. Antioxidants, "quench" free radicals (for lack of​ a​ better metaphor) neutralizing their damaging effects on the​ cells of​ the​ body.

" Antioxidants are found in​ foods such as​ cranberries, green tea and​ even chocolate.

" Antioxidants are found in​ vitamins such vitamin C and​ E.

" Antioxidants are found in​ carotenoids such as​ beta-carotene.

" Antioxidants are found in​ many substances supplied by the​ body such as​ glutathione.

" Antioxidants are found in​ many herbs and​ enzymes.

The impact of​ antioxidants is​ boosted by glyconutrients to​ offset free radicals in​ your body…and, as​ a​ result of​ your athletic exertions.

Antioxidant capacity must be provided in​ your sports nutrition regimen or​ you could be "robbing Peter to​ pay Paul" with your workouts. as​ you will see, without a​ glyconutrional presence in​ your sports nutrition, the​ healthful gains made by your physical workouts will be offset by your own free radical burden.

Free radicals, sports and​ sports nutrition

Free radicals are those chemical species which contain one or​ more unpaired electrons, capable of​ independent existence. They form in​ the​ body due to​ a​ variety of​ reasons as​ offshoots of​ cellular activity or​ as​ products introduced to​ the​ body from the​ outside.

As an​ analogy, think of​ running a​ car engine as​ the​ cellular production
and the​ car emissions a​ the​ free radical production. the​ engine produces products which cannot stay inside the​ car without further damage. They simply must be neutralized and​ expelled.

Free radicals form and​ cause damage by reacting with many substances in​ your body. it​ is​ estimated that upwards of​ 200,000 free radical attacks occur in​ our bodies daily.

When free radical damage is​ done, the​ body can remove the​ compounds formed by its cellular repair system. However, if​ the​ body cannot handle the​ free radicals (with antioxidants for​ example), nor remove the​ compounds, then disease can be the​ result.

Contrary to​ popular opinion, free radicals do not circulate throughout the​ body. the​ half-life of​ most free radicals varies in​ a​ range of​ a​ few nanoseconds to​ about 7 seconds duration. That means they will react within the​ "neighborhood" (a few Angstroms or​ microns near where the​ increase in​ free radicals occurred) …organs, connective tissue, circulatory or​ nerve tissue, bone or​ lymphatic material are all candidates for​ free radical attack.

Wherever they form, they will damage the​ surrounding areas, unless prevented by the​ body…So the​ body does NOT have the​ luxury of​ just filtering away any circulatory fluids to​ find the​ free radicals. the​ body's defense systems must be…well…fairly omnipresent to​ neutralize the​ effects of​ free radicals. the​ antioxidant protective system must be healthy.

Since they are highly reactive substances, they react with all sorts of​ cell elements readily. But, when they do react with your body cells, they can damage the​ cells and​ even kill them. Often, the​ damage from free radicals can CHANGE the​ cellular structure enough to​ cause DISEASE such as​ cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and​ a​ host of​ others.

The type of​ disease that occurs is​ dependent upon which of​ the​ free radical defenses in​ the​ body weren't functioning properly and​ where the​ free radical attacks occur.

The body has pretty sophisticated antioxidant defense systems. But, the​ body CAN get overwhelmed in​ its antioxidant protections against such free radicals…

Indeed, unless antioxidant enhanced sports nutrition (with glyconutrients) are used to​ offset the​ increased free radical burden, the​ BODY will suffer as​ a​ result of​ intensive sports training, stress, and​ competition.

Glyconutrients VITAL to​ sports nutrition …

Studies comparing marathon runners who did and​ did not take glyconutritional sports nutrition supplements were undertaken. the​ results were reported by the​ Proceedings of​ the​ Fisher Institute for​ Medical Research ( August 2018, vol.3, no.1). the​ results "demonstrated strikingly different patterns." Antioxidant protection appeared to​ be powerfully enhanced against free radicals with glyconutritional supplementation. Thus, the​ body was protected for​ several days after the​ marathon run.

However, when glyconutritional sports nutrition was NOT used, the​ damaging effects of​ the​ free radical burden appeared to​ remain in​ the​ body for​ about five days. Thus, the​ subject "consistently excreted higher concentrations of​ free radical byproducts…" as​ compared to​ that of​ the​ glyconutritional subject. it​ should be emphasized that the​ subject studied WAS TAKING other antioxidants, though not glyconutrition. Despite that fact, the​ above cited results were obtained.

That's another way of​ saying that when glyconutritional supplements were not used, the​ free radical burden upon the​ body was not lifted. Antioxidant protection does appear to​ be (significantly) strengthened with glyconutritional sports nutrition. Such antioxidant protection appears to​ be of​ benefit for​ athletes overall, including training, stress, competition and​ dietary issues.

The glyconutrional revolution in​ sports nutrition and​ therapy is​ just beginning. More studies are being done. More results are coming in​ concerning free radicals and​ the​ capacity of​ the​ glyconutrients to​ boost antioxidant affect against free radicals.

Sports nutrition is​ about to​ see a​ new revolution…

Better still. I believe that it​ is​ quite probable that, with glyconutrition, sports PERFORMANCE is​ about to​ see a​ revolution in​ al fields.




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