31 May '16, 2pm

What Runners [And Everyone Else] Should Know About Antioxidants

Thank goodness for oxygen. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to run very far. The body consumes vast amounts of oxygen during sustained running—up to 15 times more than at rest. The body uses it to release energy from metabolic fuels, mainly glucose and fat, and power muscle activity. But oxygen has a downside. A highly volatile molecule, it has a tendency to generate free radicals, a diverse array of chemicals that wreak havoc in the body. In the mind of the average person, free radicals are associated with oxidative stress, a type of damage to body tissues that over time may cause chronic disease and accelerated aging. Everyone who breathes is subject to oxidative stress. But because the body consumes so much more oxygen during running, it also produces many more free radicals, some of which contribute to muscle fatigue and to the muscle damage and inflammation that make ...

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