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Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2012 Dec;22(6):486-96. Epub 2012 Jul 4.

Effect of a single dose of green tea polyphenols on the blood markers of exercise-induced oxidative stress in soccer players.

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Faculty of Physical Education and Sport in Biala Podlaska, University of Physical Education, Warsaw, Poland.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the effect of acute ingestion of green tea polyphenols (GTP) on blood markers of oxidative stress and muscle damage in soccer players exposed to intense exercise.

METHODS:

This randomized, double-blinded study was conducted on 16 players during a general preparation period, when all athletes participated in a strength-training program focused on the development of strength endurance. After ingestion of a single dose of GTP (640 mg) or placebo, all athletes performed an intense muscle-endurance test consisting of 3 sets of 2 strength exercises (bench press, back squat) performed to exhaustion, with a load at 60% 1-repetition maximum and 1-min rests between sets. Blood samples were collected preexercise, 5 min after the muscle-endurance test, and after 24 hr of recovery. Blood plasma was analyzed for the concentrations of thiobarbituric acid-reacting substances (TBARS), uric acid (UA), total catechins, total antioxidant status (TAS), and activity of creatine kinase (CK); at the same time, erythrocytes were assayed for the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD).

RESULTS:

In both groups, plasma TBARS, UA, and TAS increased significantly postexercise and remained elevated after a 24-hr recovery period. SOD activity in erythrocytes did not change significantly in response to the muscle-endurance test, whereas in both groups plasma CK activity increased significantly after 24 hr of recovery. Acute intake of GTP cased a slight but significant increase in total plasma catechins. However, GTP was found not to exert a significant effect on measured parameters.

CONCLUSIONS:

Acute ingestion of GTP (640 mg) does not attenuate exercise-induced oxidative stress and muscle damage.

PMID:
22805286
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