Dave Ellis: Muscles can cope with workouts and recover faster if the antioxidant levels in the body are higher. A muscle with better antioxidant status can deal with free radical insults and acid-base insults that happen when we train (something that aging muscle is less efficient at coping with, recently identified with muscle wasting).
(Ok, I admit I am coming up on 47! ) Do you take antioxidants supplements, or eat or drink foods high in them?
What Exactly Are Antioxidants?
One cup of green tea provides 10 to 40mg of polyphenols and has antioxidant effects greater than a serving of broccoli, an antioxidant-rich food. The high antioxidant activity of green tea makes it beneficial for protecting the body from damage due to free radicals. Research shows that the EGCG in green tea may help the arterial wall by reducing lipids; green tea can protect against experimentally induced DNA damage, and much more. A 2006 study* showed that elderly Japanese people who drank more than 2 cups of green tea a day had a 50% lower chance of cognitive impairment than those who drank less green tea, or who consumed other tested beverages. The high amount of catechins in green tea are believed to be responsible.
*The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 83, pp. 355-361.
Sounds good, but how much of that was truly comprehensible? The media is full of news about antioxidants...free radicals...EGCG...catechins. But what do these terms mean? Much of the “antioxidant” chatter flies over most people’s heads.
Here’s an overview of how it all works for a popular antioxidant foods, green tea and white tea:
There are many antioxidants with different degrees of strength. Green tea and white tea contain a particularly strong antioxidant, the catechin EGCG. Catechins are flavonoids, a subgroup of polyphenols, which are substances found in plants. Green and white teas have different catechins from black tea and oolong tea, due to lesser processing (green and white teas are not oxidized; oxidation inactivates the catechins).
Whats my point?
Lets say your NOT a tea lover, then you must turn to food or a supplement to get yours.
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