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Pomegranate boosts cyclists exercise capacity

In this study, 26 male amateur cyclists who trained two to four times per week took a placebo or 112 mg of punicalagins—the polyphenol antioxidant in pomegranate—per day for 15 days.

After a 14-day pause, the two groups switched pomegranate and placebo. After each phase, the cyclists performed an endurance trial to test maximum oxygen capacity and time to exhaustion. Compared to placebo, those taking pomegranate had a significantly higher oxygen threshold and longer time to exhaustion.  

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