The role of antioxidants in fitness!

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Antioxidants in fitness

Most people when they think fitness, think physical activity, but, fitness extends beyond the physical activity and works hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle. One of the ways in which we can keep our bodies in tip top shape from the inside is to simply stay on top of our vitamin intake, particularly antioxidants. 

Antioxidants are like the soldiers for the body’s defense system. They are the first line of defense when the body comes under any type of attack. They are a staple for people that have a workout regime, because they drastically reduce the free radical damage caused by strenuous exercise. 


Types of foods to eat

There are many different types of vitamins all good for separate reasons. Here are a couple great ones that you should consider investing in below. 

Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and vitamin E, selenium, green tea, reduced glutathione and N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) can play an important role in reducing inflammation and fatigue, decreasing tissue damage, and in both preventing and treating injuries.

Various antioxidants, such as vitamin E, have been found to be useful in the treatment of some forms of arthritis and in dealing with the oxidative stress of exercise. 

A recent study found that a combination of  antioxidants, selenomethionine and epigallocatechin-gallate (the main antioxidant in green tea extract), had beneficial effects on catabolic and anabolic gene expression of articular chondrocytes.

Also, fun fact, a good amount of anioxidants in the diet has also been proven to keep a person looking at the very least ten times younger in age.