Do Antioxidants Prevent Muscle Injury or Fatigue?
Recent research suggests that the increased muscle metabolism associated with exercise may cause an increase in free radical production. Several studies have shown that this increase in free radicals may contribute to fatigue, and maybe even muscle damage. The obvious question is, “Do active individuals need to increase their consumption of antioxidants?” Several preliminary studies have indicated a positive role for antioxidants, primarily vitamin E, in neutralizing exercise-produced free radicals. In fact, recent reports have demonstrated a reduction in muscle fatigue following administration of antioxidants. Several researchers have suggested that an additional 400 I.U. of vitamin E be consumed daily to protect against free radical damage. However, you should consult your pharmacist or nutritionist before consuming more than the RDA of fat-soluble vitamins. Remember: Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body and accumulation may lead to toxicity. Chapter 8 Obesity Increases the Ri