pomegranate juice prevents free radical damage from exercise and improves recovery time

Although exercising is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle, strenuous exercise increases free radical damage in the body. Antioxidants could protect against this negative effect of exercise. Since pomegranate juice is a powerful antioxidant, researchers studied whether drinking pomegranate juice could protect exercisers from free radical damage. . . .

Nine elite weightlifters participated in this study. They each performed two weightlifting sessions. But some of them drank 250mL of pomegranate juice 3 times during the two days leading up to the weightlifting session, while some of them just drank a placebo drink. An hour before weightlifting, they each drank another 500mL of their drink.

Three minutes after weightlifting, pomegranate juice significantly increased antioxidant response (5.68%-12.63%, depending on the antioxidant) and significantly reduced free radical damage (12.47%) compared to the placebo.

Over the course of the next two days, the pomegranate juice continued to enhance antioxidant defences and to improve markers of recovery time superior to the placebo.

Earlier studies have also found that pomegranate juice increases antioxidant activity and decreases free radical damage from exercise (J Pak Med Assoc 2014;64:785–790; Tsang, et al. 2011).

So, pomegranate juice may be the most delicious new workout supplement, improving both your health and your workout.


Nutrients 2017:9(8):819


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