I’d like to say AMEN to this notation from USA Triathlon’s webpage (ref: http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/multisport-zone/fuel-station/articles/the-power-of-antioxidants-090409.aspx):
” If you are thinking “I can’t eat that many fruits and vegetables to get enough of my antioxidants” then you are not alone. There are many different choices on the shelves and if you need to turn to a supplement, I recommend choosing a formula that contains a variety of antioxidants, not just one or two. You should consider the following in your search for an appropriate formula: alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extract, carotenoids, lutein, lycopene, bioflavanoids, turmeric and quercetin.
Take Home Messages
Taking into consideration all of the newest research on antioxidants and endurance athletes, there are a few points to consider:
- Athletes typically do not eat enough fruits and vegetables to obtain adequate amounts of antioxidants.
- Antioxidant supplementation may not be needed in short duration, high-intensity exercise.
- In ultra-endurance events, oxidative stress is high and antioxidant levels are compromised.” Thanks USA Triathlon authors!
Coach Dave says – if you train hard – you will not fight those free radicals adequately without natural supplementation (unless you’re a rabbit that can handle 9 servings of vegetables daily).
That said, choose your supplements wisely for their high concentrate of flavonoids and carotenoids that can help you recover -> Banish those free radicals!
I’ll gladly share with you what I take to train harder and recover better for my rowing regimen.