Exercise recovery is a crucial time for the body to restore nutrients and energy, rebuild muscles and recover from the damaging effects of intense physical activities. One cause of damage from exercise is oxidative stress, which occurs when the production and activities of free radicals outpowers the body’s ability to counteract free radicals. Prolonged or unchecked free radical activity can cause damage to proteins, lipids and tissues. The body makes its own antioxidants, but intake of antioxidant-rich foods and supplements may boost antioxidant capability in the body.
Longtime nutraceutical researcher Richard Bloomer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Studies at the University of Memphis, has conducted numerous studies on oxidative stress damage from exercise. In this podcast with Steve Myers, senior editor, INSIDER, Bloomer discusses:
- The good and bad of oxidative stress induced by strenuous exercise.
- Which athletes or active consumers are at a greater risk of oxidative damage.
- The potential role of dietary and supplemental antioxidants in exercise recovery.
This podcast was recorded before Bloomer presented information on exercise-induced oxidative stress and inflammation as part of the SupplySide West workshop: Nutritional Strategies for Exercise Recovery in Las Vegas in Early November.
- Center for Nutraceutical and Dietary Supplement Research, University of Memphis
- Sports Perofrmance and Health Consulting Center, University of Memphis
- Digital Magazine: Sports Nutrition: The Female Athlete
- Video: Ingredients Insight: Sports Nutrition Recovery