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Nutr Rev. 2006 Mar;64(3):93-108.

Antioxidant requirements of endurance athletes: implications for health.

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  • 1Exercise and Oxidative Stress Research Group, School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia, 4072.


This review discusses studies investigating the effects of antioxidant supplementation on exercise-induced oxidative stress with a focus on the health implications. The aim is to determine antioxidant requirements for endurance athletes. Overall, differences in methodology make it difficult to compare the relatively small number of published studies on this topic. The types of studies needed to more adequately assess the health effects of antioxidant supplements in athletes (long-term interventions with hard end points) have not been done. Therefore, there is currently insufficient evidence to recommend antioxidant supplements for endurance athletes.

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