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SupplySide West podcast: Managing oxidative stress from exercise

Strenuous exercise boosts reactive oxygen species that potentially damage muscles, performance

Steve Myers

November 15, 2018

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.

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About the Author(s)

Steve Myers

Senior Editor

Steve Myers is a graduate of the English program at Arizona State University. He first entered the natural products industry and Virgo Publishing in 1997, right out of college, but escaped the searing Arizona heat by relocating to the East Coast. He left Informa Markets in 2022, after a formidable career focused on financial, regulatory and quality control issues, in addition to writing stories ranging research results to manufacturing. In his final years with the company, he spearheaded the editorial direction of Natural Products Insider.

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