Lycopene after exercise reduces signs of oxidation
by Newsletter Editor
To remain healthy and normal, body cells must constantly fend off damaging oxidation, which can increase with exercise.
In this study, 15 healthy but athletically untrained people drank 5 ounces of tomato juice containing 15 mg of the antioxidant lycopene per day, in two five-week phases, with a pause in-between for five weeks.
Participants took a 20-minute cycling test before and after each phase and immediately gave blood.
On average, compared to before the study and after the middle five-week resting phase, signs of oxidation were 60 percent lower after each five-week tomato juice phase.
Reference: Nutrition Journal; 2012, Vol. 11, No. 29, Electronic Prepublication